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Reyneke, a biodynamic wine estate and a dynamic wine tasting

SAM_1711

Visiting the wine estate Reyneke, we were guilty of a faux pas, unaware that tasting should be by appointment. None the less we were graciously accommodated between two bookings. The tasting was a friendly personal interaction where assistant winemaker Nuschka shared her knowledge and passion for what she does.

Reyneke is a biodynamic estate. Not only are organic principles followed, but companion planting is used and by-products such as grape skins are returned to the soil, adding nutrients in a harmonious circle of life. Ducks and chickens control pests, snails being a particular favourite of the ducks and we were amused to watch a chicken hopping on the spot to steal grapes off a vine.

Not only do Reyneke give back to mother earth. They also give back to loyal staff, recognising the great value of the people who work on the farm. A percentage of earnings from the Cornerstone red goes into a fund which aims to assist long-standing workers to buy homes and educate their children. To date 4 workers families now have their own homes and tertiary education for the first ‘farm child’ is now being covered. This is still early days for this compassionate project.

SAM_1714

We enjoyed Reyneke’s wines, notably the Cornerstone, but their caring for both nature and humanity adds real depth and substance to Reyneke in a me, me, me world.

It is my hope that more wine estates begin to be more cognizant of environmental issues and like Reyneke and Villiera take steps to make a real difference. I’d raise a glass to that!

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