At Avondale, eco-consciousness and sustainability is more than a trend or a fad. It's a way of life. The land which Avondale harvests has been farmed for over 300 years and was one of the first areas of Paarl ever allocated for vines. When a devastating fire swept through the Paarl region in the year 2000, owners John and Ginny Grieve saw an opportunity for rebirth. Their youngest son, Johnathan, began farming using organic and biodynamic practices to a level of detail that can only be described as painstaking. From harvesting during certain cycles of the moon to hand-stirring, Avondale truly lives by their slogan, "Soil is Life". As a result, Avondale has earned several accreditations and formed affiliations across the industry with organizations like Sustainability Initiative of South Africa and the WWF Biodiversity Wine Initiative.
A visit to Avondale offers a different perspective on the growing and cultivating process. While the wine was poured, we learned about the philosophy behind biodynamic farming and how it is applied at Avondale. We all agreed the certified organic wines we tasted were robust and flavorful (especially the whites). Perhaps these biodynamic farmers are on to something after all.
Wine tastings at Avondale are by appointment only. They also offer an “Eco Wine Safari” that includes a tour of the estate and a visit to their state-of-the-art gravity flow wine cellar.