Over the last few years, organic wine production has gained a foothold in several New World countries, including South Africa. In 1999, it was estimated that less than 1% of the world’s vineyards produced organic wines. Today, however, conservative figures suggest that 5%-7% of vines are organic or in the process of becoming organic, and of these 30% are subject to some form of biodynamic viticulture.
More and more of the world’s most respected vignerons are going green. (Alfred Tesseron of Pontet Canet was an early adopter in Bordeaux.) Inspired by the success of their Old World counterparts, winemakers in Australia and South Africa are following suit and, as a result, the proportion of vines grown organically in SA has risen from 1% to 4% in five years.
Read more about the importance of organic viticulture on Jancisrobinson.com.
Wine Cellar is pleased to offer a range of biodynamic and organic wines, both local and imported. Whilst Reyneke flies the flag here at home, Michel Chapoutier is France’s largest biodynamic producer. Visit Winecellar.co.za for our full price list.