Eco-friendly, sustainably aware, socially conscious and fine wines is the order of the day. Sustainable wine-making is more than a buzzword; it’s an environmental philosophy that aims to transform a successful wine industry into one where man and nature thrive.
Local wine farms have listened and it’s this commitment to greener wine production and sustainable farming practices that was celebrated at the Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2013.
The winners were announced on 17 October at Moyo restaurant in the 100-year-old Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town.
And the award goes to:
Best wines made from Organically Grown Grapes
Best Wine Overall – Laibach Woolworths Merlot 2012
Best Red – Laibach Woolworths Merlot 2012
Best White – Waverley Hills Viognier Semillon Chardonnay 2011
Bloggers’ Choice – Waverley Hills Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2010
Best Value – Org de Rac Unwooded Chardonnay 2013
Best Biodiversity and Wine Initiative Wines
Best Wine Overall – Paul Cluver Gewürztraminer 2012
Best Red – Uitkyk Estate Carlonet 2009
Best White – Paul Cluver Gewürztraminer 2012
Bloggers’ Choice – Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2011
Best Value – Backsberg Tread Lightly Chenin Blanc 2012
*Best Farming Practises Winners
Overall Winner – Delheim
Runner-up – La Motte
Best Contribution to Conservation – Delheim
Best Contribution to Farming Practices and Production Integrity – Bartinney
Best (Sustainable) Contribution to Tourism – La Motte
Best Contribution to Community Development – Delheim
Wine enthusiasts will be able to taste a sample of the winning wines
from the 2013 Nedbank Green Wine Awards in Cape Town, Johannesburg and
Durban in November. More information on these tasting events can be
found at www.greenwineawards.com/tasting-events.
Photo above (from left to right) – Dr Paul Cluver (Paul Cluver wines),
Ian Dinan (Getaway), Francois Van Zyl (Laibach), Greg Garden (Nedbank)