Biodiversity

February 8, 2011

Biodiversity throughout the system
The measure of the robustness of any ecosystem can be found in its biodiversity.  Multitudes of life forms reduce vulnerability, protect the ecosystem from shocks and enable it to restore and regenerate more quickly.

  • Avondale was one of the first South African wine producers to be awarded the Biodiversity in Wine certification.
  • While we do have an ongoing restoration project to clear alien vegetation on the farm and plant hundreds of indigenous trees, we do not confine our efforts to promote biodiversity to just the marginal uncultivated areas of our land.
  • We strive for biodiversity throughout the farm, and particularly in our actual vineyards.
  • Our intricate cover cropping system throughout the seasons, which includes the nurturing of indigenous fynbos plants, fosters micro-life in the soils and attracts an abundance of beneficial insects.

The land also supports a variety of naturally occurring birds, frogs, reptiles, small and larger mammals.  The Cape Foxes which breed on the farm, the shy foraging of Common Duiker, Grysbok and Steenbok, the night-time wanderings of Red Caracal, Porcupine and Spotted Genets, and the pair of Black Eagles that soar down from the mountain cliffs to hunt Rock Hyrax are all testimony to the health of our environment.

Amazing vineyard, wines wonderful, a pleasure to see nature at rest
Angela & Mark

Cyclus's Inspiration

The spiral can be found in every aspect of Nature. Its expression in liquids is the vortex which is easily observed in the unexpected, creative whorls and eddies in flowing water. The vortex represents power and dynamism.