It was when working as vineyard labourer 30 years ago that Johann Reyneke knew sustainable farming was his future.
Sustainability is a real buzzword today. The term is often thrown around without much meaning on winery tech sheets, websites and promotional material, seemingly to suggest that an estate might not be certified organic or biodynamic, but that they still ‘respect’ the soil.
But Reyneke, owner and viticulturalist of South Africa’s only biodynamic wine farm, says he learned ‘through a fascinating and rewarding journey’ that sustainability was an entire philosophy. It wasn’t just about vine and soil health, but ensuring the wellbeing and empowerment of workers, and building an economically viable, self-sufficient business.