Regenerative Farming and Sustainable Agriculture Webinar 06 March 2021
Join us for an insightful, free webinar as our winemaker, Dirk van Zyl, interviews Dick Richardson of ‘Grazing Naturally
While winemaking is an 8,000+ year-old tradition, good wine starts with the grape, and good grapes begin with good soil. Any vintner worth their cellar knows that protecting the environment is more than just good for the planet – it is great for their wines. And so, we at Saxenburg Wine Estate continue to pursue perfection in our wines and focus our efforts this year further to nurture nature and stride towards more sustainable agriculture.
We are looking forward to the opportunity of expanding our knowledge into the topic of sustainable farming, most notably regenerative agriculture, and sharing it with a broader audience here in South Africa, especially our esteemed colleagues in the wine industry, and abroad through a webinar with expert, Dick Richardson based in Australia.
While every farm is different, there are several fundamentals that growers use to build healthy soil. We hope to encourage and inspire others to increase their biodiversity, enrich their soils, restore watersheds, and enhance ecosystem services. Ultimately, producing the closest expression of terroir and quality; not only with wine but virtually all farming activities.
About Saxenburg Wine Estate –
Saxenburg is a family winery based in the Polkadraai Hills of Stellenbosch South Africa. We are
passionately dedicated to producing premium wines, expressive of terroir and variety, and consistent
in quality. Saxenburg is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa – since 1693. The Bührer family
purchased the estate in 1989 and refocused the farm to focus on Syrah, as the terroir is perfectly
suited to this variety.
The farm is 200 hectares in total size with eleven different grape varietals planted – Sauvignon Blanc,
Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Pinotage, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir,
Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. All of Saxenburg’s wines are estate grown and bottled.
The soils on Saxenburg are predominantly derived from granite, at various decomposition stages,
including smaller components of weathered Table Mountain sandstone. The variation in elevation and
soil types, coupled with the cooler South and South-West facing slopes to the warmer West and
North facing slopes, gives us a genuinely diverse ‘terroir’. Over the years, we have carefully selected
the most suitable sites for each of our varieties.
More About Dick Richardson –
Dick Richardson is an internationally recognised leader in the practice of natural grazing to improve
soil depth and health, water retention, increased biodiversity and animal production. Dick is currently
based in South Adelaide, Australia.
Winemaker Dirk van Zyl –
Coming from 4 generations of winemaking and farming, Saxenburg Cellarmaster and winemaker,
Dirk van Zyl learnt hands-on from a young age about the delicate process of winemaking and fine
balance of viticulture to ensure the best crops vintage upon vintage. Dirk graduated Cum Laude with
B.Sc.Agriculture, Viticulture and Oenology degree from Stellenbosch University and has completed
harvests with DeMorgenzon and Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch, South Africa and Cellar 433 in Arizona,
Join Saxenburg for an insightful, free webinar as our winemaker, Dirk van Zyl, interviews Dick Richardson of ‘Grazing Naturally’.
Webinar Information –
Regenerative Farming and Sustainable Agriculture Webinar – Saturday, 06 March 2021 at 10h00.
Webinar RSVP: http://bit.ly/RegenerativeFarmingWebinar
Please contact Michelle van Zyl if you have any further questions.
Michelle van Zyl
Customer Relationship Manager
+27 21 903 6113
The footsteps of the farmer are his best fertiliser.