Area Conserved:

10 ha

Wine District:

Robertson

Owner / Contact Person:

Jan Klue

Phone:

(023) 616 2890

Website:

www.wolvendriftwines.co.za

Membership Date:

03 October 2006

MEMBERS:


WOLVENDRIFT PRIVATE CELLAR


Biodiversity highlights:
Area conserved – 10ha. Wolvendrift is situated in the Breede River Valley near Bonnievale. The area of natural vegetation that they are committed to conserve consists of some 10 ha of Breede Shale Renosterveld. Most of this area is still in pristine condition.

Jan's father, Michael Klue, expanded the vineyards as well as the cellar, but also started with some conservation activities on the farm. Over the past few years most of the alien vegetation has been cleared from their section of the Breede River. They are aware of the many negative effects of invader plants along the riparian zones and realized that clearing has contributed to minimizing flooding. Besides alien clearing, they have also taken all possible preventative measures against soil erosion. Special care is taken with the layout of new roads and vineyards.

The area of natural vegetation that they are committed to conserve consists of some 10 ha of Breede Shale Renosterveld. Most of this area is still in pristine condition. A small section has lost topsoil (possible due to overgrazing many decades ago) Jan is committed to restore this degraded section and will follow the guidelines (as supplied by the extension officer) to prevent further damage. The natural area also includes a riverine section with good vegetation cover. This section forms a natural corridor from the mountain to the valley. All the natural areas will be monitored for alien vegetation. The IPW guidelines (including Biodiversity guidelines) are implemented at all times and they strive to use 'best practices' to minimize their effect on the environment. Where future vineyard expansion might take place, consultation with all necessary departments will take place and they are committed to ensure that no vineyards are planted in areas with high conservation value.