Green Wine Awards announced
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.