Schalkenbosch SnowWWF Conservation Champion - Schalkenbosch

About Schalkenbosch Estate

80 min from Cape Town

40ha of wine grapes

National Monument

Schalkenbosch Estate

Schalkenbosch Wine Estate is situated on the outskirts of Tulbagh, an easy 80 min drive from Cape Town.

We are totally committed to the conservation, preservation and rehabilitation of the indigenous flora and fauna of the Cape Floral Kingdom in which we are situated.

We practice sustainable farming methods, waterwise management, minimal chemical intervention in the vineyards and in wine production, as well as the eradication of alien species, prevention of soil erosion and the reintroduction of species that are endemic to the region.

Altitudes range from 160m  to approx 2000m above sea level . The vineyards are situated between 370m and 500m above sea level.

The Cape Dutch farm house dates back to 1792 and has been proclaimed a National Monument.

Conservation at Schalkenbosch

Schalkenbosch Estate is committed to the preservation, conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the indigenous flora and fauna and the many endangered species found in this area. It has been placed under the Stewardship of Cape Nature in perpetuity.

In line with the conservation objectives, Schalkenbosch has an environmentally friendly approach to vineyard management. Water saving drip irrigation and care of naturally occurring floral vegetation between the rows of vines are essential in the daily care of the vineyards, and vital to preserve the natural moisture in the soil. This encourages the animal and bird life helpful in pest control, enabling us to use minimal chemicals, and increase the use of natural fertilisers.  Any water needed for optimal growth of the vines is gravity fed from a dam above the vineyards. Our grapes are harvested by hand and not machinery, reducing our carbon footprint and providing much needed employment in the area.

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