Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2016

We only have one world and we had better take care of it. Only the most selfish of people would disagree with that.

Thankfully people as a whole have come to realise that organic farming, preserving the earth, and making things last longer is vital for the survival of the human race.

Less than two decades ago this idea seemed to be only for the privileged but today it is a vital component in marketing and there are millions of consumers who will pay a little more and know that their purchase is helping to keep things going.

The Nedbank Green Wine Awards were established eight years ago to recognise the value of wine makers who put their money where their mouths are and put into practice the best kind of methods that ensure they are doing right by the world we live in. Strangely enough these are not bunny huggers but rather down to earth practitioners of the art of making wine organically.

Every year a panel of distinguished wine judges assess the wines they make to see—to put it bluntly—what do they taste like? Well guess what? They are delicious—great examples of wines we can buy and feel good about.

This year (2016) the panel was headed by internationally known wine Judge Fiona McDonald and included veteran Duimpie Bayly who drily made the point that no one wants to drink “green wines”—it’s just a name. The winners of the various awards were…

Integrated Production of Wine Winners 2016
  • Judges Overall Winner: Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest 2014
  • Judges Best Red: Gabriëlskloof The Blend 2014
  • Judges Best White: Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay 2014
  • Bloggers Overall Winner: Vondeling Babiana 2015
  • Best Value Winner: Jordan Chameleon Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay 2015
Organic Winners 2016
  • Judges Overall Winner: Earthboard Cabernet Sauvignon Organic 2015
  • Judges Best Red: Earthboard Cabernet Sauvignon Organic 2015
  • Judges Best White: Longridge Chardonnay 2015
  • Bloggers Overall Winner: Org De Rac Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Best Value Winner: Org De Rac cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Best Farming Practice 2016
  • Leader in Energy Conservation: Lourensford
  • Leader in Water Conservation: Paul Cluver
  • Leader in Eco-tourism: Bartinney
  • Leader in Community Development: La Motte
The 2015 Best Farming Practice Award
  • La Motte

Watch out for these wines wherever you shop and make a difference.

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From left to right: Daneel Rossouw – Nedbank, Heinrich Kulsen – Earthbound (winner of Organically Grown Grapes Overall Winner 2016 and Organically Grown Grapes Best Red Wine 2016), Pietie le Roux – La Motte (winner of Best Farming Practices Overall Winner 2016 and Leader in Community Development 2016), Kathryn Frew – RamsayMedia,  Andries Burger – Paul Cluver (winner of Best Integrated Production of Wine Overall Winner 2016)

Words: Greg Landman

Picture: Supplied

READ MORE: Travel the Green Wine Route

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