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Reyneke Wines, Stellenbosch

Biodynamic Winemaking. The future lies right at the beginning.

There’s a lot to be said for the way wine used to be made. Back when the Reyneke farm first began as ‘Uitzicht’ in 1863, there were no chemicals or technological advancements. Just the land and nature.

Uitzicht (which is the Dutch for ‘View’) is perched overlooking Stellenbosch and False Bay. It has north, east and south facing slopes. The best land is planted with vines and the remainder complements the vineyards with pasture, compost-making and pockets of wilderness.

It’s the kind of balance that’s far more important than ensuring the spreadsheets all balance out. And it’s the true, time-honoured tradition of winemaking.

A biodynamic farm is often seen as an ‘individuality’. It needs to be self-sustainable and self-supporting. This is important for two reasons; firstly, to reduce carbon footprint; and secondly, to be less affected by market forces.

If the farm can produce its own fertilizer and compost, this will mean it’s less dependent on trucking-in fertilizer in clouds of diesel exhausts. If the farm is self sufficient, their own cow manure ‘costs’ the same every day, irrespective of the price of oil.

This understanding is simply the tip of an harmonious iceberg. Our philosophy of “waste not, want not” runs deep into sustainability. Whatever we use, we carefully think about re-using, re-purposing or recycling.

Even a seemingly small decision like whether to put paper in the office recycle bin. We prefer rather to shred it and feed it to our earthworm farm, which then supplies the vineyards with its vermi-compost.

This holistic approach to agriculture requires that we step away from monoculture. Although the vineyards are the mainstay of the Reyneke farm, they exist in a synergy with the vegetable gardens, the animal husbandry being practiced here, and, of course, our people.

Biodynamic agriculture comes from a time when there was a spiritual understanding of life in general and farming in particular. We try to never lose sight of this, putting people first, naming our cows instead of numbering them, and even studying the weeds (rather than just yanking them out) to learn why they’re there.We've made great progress.
We're nearly back where we started.

We believe there's a lot to be said for the way winemaking used to be. There were no chemicals, no "technological advancements" that made the process a process, and natural balance was more important than balance sheets.
Some people dismiss it as old-fashioned nostalgia, but we like to think of it as ancient wisdom. And we embrace it as much as we can. Not just because it's better for the earth, but because it makes for better wine.

  • Reyneke Bio-Dynamic Chenin Blanc 2015

    Reyneke Bio-Dynamic Chenin Blanc 2015
    $41.00

    Winemakers Notes The Chenin Blanc is harvested from a single vineyard on the Biodynamic farm Reyneke, located in the Polkadraai Hills to the west of Stellenbosch. The vineyards are the oldest on the farm being in excess of...

  • Reyneke Bio-Dynamic Red 2014

    Reyneke Bio-Dynamic Red 2014
    $99.00

    Winemakers Notes The 2014 Reserve Red consists of 100% Syrah. The fermentation involved 35% whole clusters, crushed by foot in concrete fermentation tanks and the remaining grapes were bunch selected and destemmed over the...

  • Reyneke Bio-Dynamic Reserve Red Blend 2012

    Reyneke Bio-Dynamic Reserve Red Blend 2012
    $76.00

    Winemakers Notes: The 2012 Reserve Red consists of 100% Syrah assembled from the most interesting and expressive barrels of the vintage. The fermentation involved 35% whole clusters selected in concrete fermentation tanks...

  • Reyneke Bio-dynamic Syrah 2014

    Reyneke Bio-dynamic Syrah 2014
    $37.00

    Winemakers NotesThe Syrah undergoes a traditional style fermentation in concrete Nomblot tanks, incorporating 35% whole bunches which are foot crushed. Spontaneous, natural fermentation occurs with minimal punch down and...

  • Reyneke Organic Chenin Blanc 2014

    Reyneke Organic Chenin Blanc 2014
    $39.00

    Winemakers Notes: The Chenin Blanc is harvested from a single vineyard on the Biodynamic farm Reyneke, located in the Polkadraai Hills to the west of Stellenbosch. The vineyards are the oldest on the farm, being in excess...

  • Reyneke Organic Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Reyneke Organic Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    $27.00

    Winemakers Notes: The 2015 Organic Red consists of a blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Organic vineyards around the Western Cape. The grapes were sorted, de-stemmed and crushed and wild, spontaneous...

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