Recently, De Wetshof Wine Estate in Robertson has made a wonderful splash in the wine world by being honoured as the first recipient of an award of prestige – and we hope they’re celebrating with a bottle of their finest!
The 2022 Conservation Pioneer Award comes as part of the Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism and Wine Tourism Ambassador Awards, bestowed upon wine farms that have gracefully emphasised eco and social sustainability.
In the wine industry, sustainability and conservation are pivotal ingredients to gorgeous wine. As FoodforMzanzi notes, De Wetshof Estate is a notable leader in these within South Africa.
De Wetshof has been in the business of fine wines since the 70’s, and has overseen three generations of heritage. It was one of the first Cape wine farms too. However, beyond delicate white wines and superior red cultivars, it’s important that the paradise of the farm receives a nod of praise in light of conservation.
As De Wetshof lies in the Robertson Valley of wine near the Breede River, it is naturally home to numerous species of flora and fauna of which many are indigenous. Johann De Wet has referred to their little haven as a “fynbos plant kingdom” and expresses that conserving the environment comes naturally and is an integral part of viticulture.
According to the WWF’s Shelly Fuller, “the ethos of the De Wet family who have been farming there for over 70 years has ensured that conserving [their] natural paradise receives as much attention as De Wetshof’s world-renowned wine-farming activities.”
Additionally, the award recognises the care and consideration in sustainability that comes with wine production – and sustainable endeavours as a whole.
De Wetshof is also one of 50 Cape wineries that are members of the WWF Conservation Champions initiative.