Our first BD500

We recently applied our first BD500 preparation to the vines and our vegetable and fruit garden. As part of our transition to biodynamic farming, we use organic compost made on the farm but this preparation is a potent boost to the holistic wellbeing of the soil and plants.

We took turns as we stirred the mix in one of our wine barrels - this preparation requires stirring for an hour, creating vortexes and changing the direction! Hard work, but worth it. We applied this according the the biodynamic chart on a cool day. This compost preparation improves soil humus and plant growth. We saw a difference in the colour and vitality of our vines immediately.

Thanks to Bloublommetjieskloof for the preparation. We look forward to getting some cows and making our own - a project for 2015 and beyond.

Franschoek Appellation Grand Prestige

We really enjoyed this Batonage review of the launch of AGP and the support for the unique wines we make in the Franschhoek region.

Congratulations to all fellow trophy winners on the day and we look forward to continuing to grow awareness of Franschhoek's terroir and winemaking community.

Read "Finding Common Ground in Wine" by Incogvino and this great overview by Angela Lloyd.

Our Semillon 2009 received a trophy. Angela Lloyd's post entitled "Dear Semillon" sums it up perfectly. Thank you, Angela.