Avondale in Paarl is our featured producer for May.

 

 

The 160-hectare farm that is today known as Avondale has been under cultivation for more than 300 years. Early records show that the land was one of the first in the Paarl valley to be allocated specifically for the production of wine grapes. Purchased in 1997 by John and Ginny Grieve, their first vintage was produced in 1999. Their son, Johnathan, has taken over the reins and after a fire in 2000 he implemented organic and bio-dynamic farming practices. Avondale is also now the home of Faber restaurant, so a visit is definitely in order.

At Avondale, we make extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature.Our ethos, Terra Est Vita meaning ‘Soil is Life’ encapsulates our view of Avondale Estate as a dynamic living system where soil, water and energy; plants, animals and people; even our buildings, are part of a complex web of relationships and networks. We uphold the key principle of Life – to constantly create conditions conducive to more Life. Certified organic and practicing bio-dynamic agriculture; we go beyond both these beneficial systems of natural farming by using the best 21st Century science, technology and knowledge to enhance sustainability.

Our commitment to promoting life does not only lead to Mother Nature’s approval; it also ensures the premium quality of Avondale’s unique, naturally-made, slow wines. The vigour of our well-tended vines leads to excellent grapes bursting with fresh flavours that are evident in our individually-styled, classic wines, so full of life and character.

We’re featuring the Armilla MCC, Anima Chenin Blanc and the Samsara Syrah and will be holding tastings on Friday 4 May from 4-7pm and on Thursday 31 May from 4.30-7pm

Buy any of the featured wines and you could win a tasting for 2 + a platter of tasty nibbles and a bottle of wine.