Making a positive impact on our environment, on the well being of our community and on the lives of our guests is at the core of what we believe at Boschendal.

Making a positive impact on our environment, on the well being of our community and on the lives of our guests is at the core of what we believe at Boschendal.

Boschendal is located within the Cape Floral Kingdom (CFK), the richest and also the smallest plant kingdom on the planet. Recognised both as a global biodiversity hotspot and a World Heritage site, this plant kingdom has come under increasing threat from agriculture, urban development and invasive alien species.

Key to our commitment to the conservation, preservation and restoration of our special environment is biological farming practices that enrich the soil and promote a habitat of biodiversity both in the vineyards and surrounding vegetation.

Key sustainability initiatives:

Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI)
As a member of the WWF Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) we are actively conserving over 1000 hectares on land, protecting indigenous trees in the ravines and clearing vast areas of invasive alien vegetation to return the land to its original state.

Alien Vegetation Programme
The clearing of 500 hectares of alien vegetation has had a significant and positive impact on the bird life, the free movement of wildlife and most noticeably on the flow of the small rivers that are fed by the mountains.

Four big streams now flow all year round; before we cleared the vegetation they were dry for six months between November and May.

Biological Farming
A substantial portion of protein served at Boschendal is from free-range animals raised on our pastures, not only does this reduce food miles but it also contributes significantly to the productivity of the soil reducing the need for traditional fertilizer programmes.

We use cover crops in the vineyards. Cover crops not only help enrich the soil considerably but they also inhibit weed growth, help with the control of pests and manage soil erosion. Cover crops significantly preserve soil moisture thereby saving considerable water.

Water Saving Strategies
Water saving strategies include removing invasive alien trees and plants thereby liberating a natural water supply; investing in conservation efficient irrigation systems for our vineyards and fruit trees; and using cover crops which also preserve soil moisture.

Minimum Food Miles
We aim to keep food miles to a minimum; we actively grow and produce ourselves; bake all our own breads; and butcher some of our meats. More than 75% of the daily menu in our restaurant has travelled less than 30km from the grower to our restaurant table.

We provide guests with on-site purified drinking water, avoiding the need to transport bottled water from afar.

Sustainable Energy
We are in the process of developing the capability to generate sufficient alternative energy from hydro-electricity, solar and biomass to meet most of the farm’s energy requirements.

WIETA Ethical Trade Seal
A selection of Boschendal wines from our Reserve Collection, Elgin Appellation Series and 1685 range have qualified to sport the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) ethical trade seal. This seal is awarded for production integrity around fair labour practices.

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