Neethlingshof Sustainability

NEETHLINGSHOF

Sustainability

We are a proud member of the WWF Conservation Champions, which means that we’re committed to biodiversity-friendly and regenerative farming practices, conserve our natural areas and continually improve our water and energy efficiencies.

Restoring and managing ecosystems

Neethlingshof’s alien vegetation removal efforts have been an ongoing process since the early 2000’s with annual alien clearing taking place in our forest and fynbos (conservation) areas. In 2007, a pilot project saw 1,000 square metres restored to renosterveld, as this area falls within a critically endangered habitat of Swartland Granite Renosterveld.
In some instances, vineyards were uprooted and replaced with renosterveld species and renosterveld corridors were created to allow movement of non-flying insects between vineyards and natural areas.
Neethlingshof has planted multiple (50+) indigenous trees which not only improve soil quality and increase water retention of the soil but also attract local wildlife.

Vineyard Practices

As part of our commitment to sustainability, Neethlingshof has put a number of vineyard practices in place such as the use of a drip irrigation system to ensure limited use of valuable water as well as opting for a more biological approach in vineyard management by using products that have a low impact on the environment.

To avoid the need of having to use chemicals to control pests and weeds, the team ensures that, through correct management, the canopy is less conducive to pests and diseases. Another practice includes planting cover crops as a natural weed suppressant. There is also a big focus on encouraging a self-regulating ecosystem of natural predators for vineyard prey and pests.

Water and waste management

The estate strives for environmentally conscious principles which includes water and waste management. All water used in the cellar is recycled and reused for irrigation on specific vineyards sites on the estate. This is carefully monitored to meet regulatory standards. Waste from the cellar, which includes grape pomace leftover from the wine processing is transformed into compost and is returned to the soil amendment. Other winery waste, such as skins, seeds and lees, is collected and it is used to create valuable natural products which can be reused in the wine industry. Neethlingshof only makes use of packing suppliers that provide recyclable packaging solutions and ensure that the correct waste management practices are continuously kept in place.

WIETA & IPW

Neethlingshof Estate has a Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) accreditation, for the high-level standard of good-practice.
Our Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) certification offers a visual guarantee for the integrity of origin, vintage and cultivar, and for the sustainable production of wine and traceability from the vineyard to the bottle.

WIETA & IPW

Neethlingshof Estate has a Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) accreditation, for the high-level standard of good-practice.
Our Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) certification offers a visual guarantee for the integrity of origin, vintage and cultivar, and for the sustainable production of wine and traceability from the vineyard to the bottle.