Villiera is a family-owned winery in the Stellenbosch region started by the Grier family in 1983. Now into its fourth generation as a family owned business, their pioneering approach in the making of prestigious Cap Classique sparkling wines and progressive environmental practices has seen Villiera develop into one of the largest private wineries in the country.
Here’s why we love Villiera, and it’s not just because of their delicious wine or beautiful setting:
1. A Strong Commitment to Sustainability
There has always been a strong commitment to sustainability and preserving the environment which led to the introduction of environmentally friendly vineyard practices. Villiera has only sprayed insecticides once in the past fifteen years and up to 1000 Peking ducks are responsible for some natural pest control.
2. They Save Water
Villiera also focuses on water conservation and recycling. All water used in the cellar is monitored and recorded. Solid waste is settled and removed whilst rinse water is sent through to a marsh area for natural purification before entering an irrigation dam. Water samples are taken regularly to test quality. Through a drip irrigation system water is put back into the vineyards. Up to 400 million litres of drainage water (excess that drains from the vineyards in winter) is blended with water from the Theewaterskloof dam. Vineyard moisture is monitored by neutron probes and the vineyards are only irrigated when necessary. Villiera also installed a rainwater harvesting system this winter. The system covers some 8500 m² of roof and the rain water is diverted through rudimentary filters into irrigation main lines, bypassing the water pumps and emptying into the 7 dams on the farm.
3. Keeping it Natural
Villiera’s green footprint also includes using natural light where possible, by means of skylights.In 2010 Villiera installed one of the biggest roof mounted solar projects in South Africa and pioneered the way for other wineries and businesses to look at solar energy.
4. Minimum Waste
A recycling policy of minimal waste to landfill which includes paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass, sediment, grape skins, kitchen waste, engine oil and garden waste has enabled Villiera to decrease their carbon footprint even further.
5. The Wildlife Sanctuary
The Wildlife Sanctuary, established in conjunction with The Cape Garden Centre and Wild Clover Farm in 2009, is another of Villiera’s contributions towards conservation. Visitors on game drives are guaranteed fantastic sightings of a diverse population of antelope as well as other small mammals and a huge diversity of birdlife attracted by the many dams and marsh areas.
5. They’re One of the Most Green Wine Farms
Villiera’s holistic philosophy and innovation has yielded positive results, with awards such as the ETA Awards for Energy Efficiency Champion Runner-Up, two time winner of the Klink “Tread Gently” Award for the most green wine farm, Nedbank Green Awards and Global wine Capitals for sustainable tourism.
Villiera’s philosophy is to be a pioneering quality wine business in terms of product and sustainability.
For more information visit www.villiera.com