Green Wine Awards an­nounced

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING -

GO­ING green in­volves more than lim­it­ing use of pes­ti­cides in vine­yard and cel­lar; it is a sound en­vi­ron­men­tal phi­los­o­phy that trans­lates into sus­tain­able wine pro­duc­tion, and the num­ber of Cape cel­lars prac­tis­ing it is in­creas­ing steadily.

The 2013 win­ners of the an­nual Ned­bank Green Wine Awards were an­nounced re­cently with judges com­ment­ing that green wines to­day need to be of high qual­ity as well as re­flect­ing eco-friendly grow­ing and cel­lar ini­tia­tives.

Wines were judged in two cat­e­gories, the first be­ing the best made from or­gan­i­cally grown grapes where Laibach Wool­worths mer­lot 2012 took top hon­ours and Paul Clu­ver gewürz­traminer 2012 won best BWI wine.

In the sec­ond cat­e­gory, Best Farm­ing Prac­tices, judges con­sid­ered farm­ers’ in­volve­ment in the well-be­ing of em­ploy­ees and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, along with ex­cel­lence in sus­tain­able tourism. Del­heim was the over­all win­ner with La Motte the run­nerup. Other cel­lars that fea­tured as cat­e­gory win­ners in­clude Waver­ley Hills, Org de Rac, Uitkyk, Backs­berg, and Bartin­ney.

The Cape Le­gends port­fo­lio of Distell wines added five eco- friendly wines to their ranges last month. Named Earth­bound they come from Pap­kuils­fontein in theDar­ling district, a long-es­tab­lished em­pow­er­ment ini­tia­tive, where or­ganic prin­ci­ples are also fol­lowed.

Fol­low­ing on pre­vi­ous prod­ucts la­belled Tukulu, the new range of­fers con­sumers an easy-drink­ing choice of sauvi­gnon blanc, chenin, pinot noir, pino­tage and caber­net. Even bet­ter news is that R6.50 from each bot­tle sold is re-in­vested in this em­pow­er­ment farm.

The whites cost R45, the reds R54 and if you buy six, you score a wooden herb planter.

RE­WARD­ING SUS­TAIN­ABLE FARM­ING: Daniël Scheitakat of IPW, left, Vic­tor and Nora Sperling of Del­heim, Duimpie Bayly and Ian Dinan of Get­away magazine at the Ned­bank Green Wine Awards.

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