Situated on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains outside of Somerset West, Vergelegen is a national treasure trove of both historical Read more [...]
Traditional farming methods have been introduced to provide a more balanced and sustainable ethos. Waterkloof has practised biodynamic farming since 2008 and the presence of free-roaming chickens and beautiful white and brown horses in the 56 hectares of vineyards is quite striking. These Percheron draft horses are used instead of tractors, thus minimising the damage to the soil and vines – and reducing carbon emissions. The chickens feed on insect pests while adding nitrogen to the soil, as well as providing free-range eggs for the restaurant. They also have cows to produce compost and Dorper sheep in the vineyards to control weeds.