Biodynamic walks at Waterkloof Estate

Guests can meet the mighty Percheron horses, who are used to plough the fields, instead of using tractors and conventional means of farming.

As Nature prepares to burst from its winter slumber, Waterkloof biodynamic wine estate, which is set in fynbos-covered hills overlooking False Bay, invites nature lovers to visit the farm and celebrate the full circle of life.

“Circle of Life” is a central motif to Waterkloof’s farming and winemaking philosophy, on display once again as winter recedes – and visitors now have the opportunity to enjoy a diverse programme of activities.

More than just a typical “organic vine to organic wine” experience, the two-hour Circle of Life Biodynamic Tour takes eco-enthusiasts and lovers of pure, untamed wines behind the scenes of Waterkloof’s green way of life, on the crest of the Schapenberg in the Helderberg.

Personally conducted by the estate’s farm manager Christiaan Loots – the driving force behind Waterkloof’s cutting edge, environmentally responsible farming methods – these tours show how biodynamic and organic farming is really done.

It took Christiaan and his “green brigade” 10 years to transform the once depleted, conventionally farmed land, covered in alien trees, infected vines and eroded roads, into the healthy, sustainable life-force it is today.

With groups limited to 12 people, you’ll learn more about, among others, its majestic Percheron horses, that are used instead of tractors, to plough, compost, spray and harvest.

“On our Circle of Life Tour you will get to meet our new brood of compost-making chicks; the inside scoop on our biodynamic preparations; to stick your hands into our earthworm farm; the dirt on how we produce our own 100% natural fertiliser; and, much more. Not to mention the clean air and scenic splendour,” says Christiaan.

The estate’s new Tour With Us experience offers a more exclusive and all-round glimpse of Water-kloof, by including the bio-dynamic tour with a visit to the cellar; an informative wine tasting; and, a two-course lunch at the estate’s restaurant. Groups are limited to six people to keep it personal.

Other guided tours that provide insight into the farm and its eco-friendly approach include a full-circuit, two-hour guided walk.

It highlights Waterkloof’s Champion status in the WWF Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, and its location in the Cape Flower Kingdom – one of the world’s foremost biodiversity hotspots.

After working up an appetite soaking up natural beauty on foot, walkers can end their experience with a two-course lunch or dinner.

Visitors can also explore the Schapenberg’s dramatic surroundings on horseback. The Ride With Us adventure gets you into the saddle for a picturesque, 60-minute trail ride through the area and ends with a leisurely, two-course lunch at Waterkloof.

Waterkloof is situated on the outskirts of Somerset West, and within a spectacular amphitheatre of vineyards, fynbos and mountains.

All excursions must be pre-booked. For dates and times, contact Zandri at 021 858 1491 or zandri@waterkloofwines.co.za, or visit www.waterkloofwines.co.za