At Avondale, we make extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature

Our ethos, Terra Est Vita meaning ‘Soil is Life’ encapsulates our view of Avondale Estate as a dynamic living system where soil, water and energy; plants, animals and people;even our buildings, are part of a complex web of relationships and networks, interconnected and interdependent.

Premium Quality Wines – Our commitment to promoting life does not only lead to Mother Nature’s approval of our healthy, balanced vineyard ecosystem; it also ensures the premium quality of Avondale’s unique, naturally-made, slow wines. The vigour of our well-tended vines leads to excellent grapes bursting with fresh flavours that are evident in our individually-styled, classic wines, so full of life and character.

Certified Organic – Avondale is certified organic and we practice bio-dynamic agriculture; but we go beyond both these beneficial systems of natural farming by also using the best 21st Century science, technology and knowledge to enhance sustainability.

Enjoying Our Wines – When we despatch Avondale wines for worldwide distribution in select markets, we hold the intention that they will play a role in enhancing healthy balance and affirming joy in the lives of those that take pleasure in them. We are mindful that whenever an Avondale wine is part of a family dinner or a celebration; an exciting gathering or a solitary interlude we are all connected in those moments by a shared love of life.

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An Autumn Affair – Avondale’s First Biodynamic Luncheon

Avondale’s first Biodynamic Luncheon is an extraordinary experience includes a hand-selected 3-course lunch prepared by renowned Chef Rudi Liebenberg from the Mount Nelson Hotel. Avondale’s Proprietor, Johnathan Grieve and Farmer Angus McIntosh will offer a cherished and entertaining explanation of Biodynamic practises and its uses as well as tips on Biodynamic products. To take your place at the table on Sunday, 18 May from 12h00 to 15h30, please contact Caelli at or 021 863 1976. The cost is R500 per person. Continue reading

How to Create Stable Humus - Compost

In the second article in our series on humus we highlighted the four main reasons why humus is depleted in our soils, including conventional farming’s failure to build organic matter in the soil. One of the key ways to tackle this issue is compost. Adding compost to the soil is integral to natural farming. There are plenty of resources available on how to make compost, so I am rather going to focus here on some of the considerations we take into account at Avondale. The aim of composting is to recycle organic waste into an incredible, stable multi-purpose soil food and microbial inoculant. Well-produced aerated compost is a great source of stable humus teeming with beneficial microbial life and enriching our soils with plant-available nutrients.
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