Whether you’re green-finger wannabe wishing to learn about good farming practices, or a wine enthusiast who wants to know how organic wine is farmed, these biodynamic walks on Waterkloof Wine Estate are a rejuvenating way to spend a Friday morning.
Until the end of April 2017, the estate is offering guided tours with green guru Christiaan Loots. He spearheaded Waterkloof’s cutting-edge biodynamic endeavours and environmentally responsible farming methods. For a period of 10 years, the once depleted, conventionally farmed land, covered in alien tree species, infected vines and eroded roads, has been turned into the healthy, sustainable life force it is today.
During the hour-long walk, you will find out about the “zoo” that keeps the farm’s practices as natural as possible. From the Percheron horses that are used instead of tractors to plough, compost, spray and harvest to the cattle and sheep who produce manure and the free-roaming hens that eat vine weevils and lay eggs for the estate’s restaurant.
“On our Circle of Life walks you will admire peacock beauty and the brute force of our sturdy stallions; get the scoop on our biodynamic preparations; stick your hands in our earthworm farm, get the dirty on how we produce our own 100% natural fertiliser, and much more. Not to mention the clean air, scenic splendour and awesome views of False Bay in the distance,” says Christiaan.
NB Make sure you bring comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Pre-booking is essential and only groups of less than 12 people are permitted per walk.
Diaries these dates for the upcoming Waterkloof Circle of Life Biodynamic Walks:
30 September 2016
28 October 2016
25 November 2016
27 January 2017
24 February 2017
24 March 2017
28 April 2017