Background


Upland Estate is a small fruit and wine farm situated
against the majestic Hawequa mountains near Wellington.
Edmund and Elsie Oettlé produce a small amount of high quality red wine and brandy, as well as olives, almonds and naartjies. The farm is run according to organic farming principles, to ensure the continued health of both the environment and the consumers of our products.

Organic farming makes use of natural fertilizers and pest control, and is sustainable in the long term. Vigorous, healthy plants are better able to withstand disease, and the quality of the product is likewise higher.

However, these gains are offset by lower yields. On Upland Estate, organic farming techniques have been implemented for the past 7 years. During this time, a dramatic improvement in soil and crop quality have been evident, as well as a significant reduction in soil erosion.

It is the quality of our products that speak for themselves. The wines are exceptionally full bodied, bursting with fruity flavours, and are deeply coloured. Each vintage varies according to the gifts and constraints of the season. In the cellar, the wine is allowed to develop and display its uniqueness, and to express itself to the utmost. Thus no two vintages are the same, but each has its own secrets and delights.

Careful maturing for a year in small French oak barrels ensures a well balanced wine, able to mature for many years, and yet accessible for immediate drinking. The wines are best enjoyed with a full-flavoured meal, especially one of venison, game birds or cheese.


Historical Background

The original farmhouse and shed were built from mud bricks in the early nineteenth century, and housed the first school in Wellington. Over the years each generation has added their touch, resulting in a pleasant mix of old and new architecture.

The many magnificent old oak trees attest to the foresight of the pioneers who planted and tended them. Along with the old schuur, they are remnants of a bygone era.


Agriculture

The farm consists of approximately 10 hectares of fertile alluvial soil along the river, and 37 hectares of steep land running up towards the mountain. The location protects it from the southeasterly wind, and has a microclimate suitable for a variety of fruit and nut trees which are normally not grown in the Cape. The implementation of organic methods of agriculture (otherwise known as "Permaculture") helps to maintain the balance of nature and ensures the production of high quality fruit without damaging the environment. This has resulted in an increase in the bird and animal life. The farm is a haven for a wide variety of species which are rare in the surrounding area.



Upland Organic Estate
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