A stream of natural, sweet water runs down the slopes of the Klein Drakenstein mountains through Avondale’s land. We are blessed to have pure quality water as the source of life in our vineyards and to use in the making of our extraordinary wines.
Irrigation – An integral part of our eco-system design is that we are able to irrigate the vineyards using gravity instead of pumps. A sophisticated moisture probe system in the vineyard soils enables us to gauge the needs of the vines so that we irrigate only when necessary.
Water conservation – Avondale controls the use of water and prevents wasting water in the cellar with a system of automatic shut-off valves on all taps. We also save water and reduce waste water by making use of sterilising UV lights to supplement the cleaning of tanks and barrels.
Waste Water System – We only use cleaning agents that meet organic standards; they are readily biodegradable and free of harmful residues. However, waste water from the cellar is also concentrated with grape residues which would pollute the environment if introduced back without treatment.
Avondale has a waste water system that mimics the way Nature cleans water. This is a system of three dams interlinked by spiraling channels of cleansing reeds that replicates a natural river system.
It is a highly effective natural, closed-nutrient cycle that yields quality water from waste which we can then use for irrigation.
The image associated with Camissa is a rendition of the fountain sculpture in the middle of the Dolphin Pool at the Castle of Good Hope. In the late 1790’s, Lady Anne Barnard made sketches and descriptions of the original Dolphin Pool. These were used in 1982 to reconstruct the beautiful fountain that once flowed with the sweet waters of Table Mountain.