Upland – a Natural Wine Estate
Upland Winery is a natural wine estate in Boland in the western Cape of South Africa. Mud bricks were used to build the original shed and farmhouse on the property in the nineteenth century. In recent years, each new generation has added much to the winery, thus creating the perfect mix of new and old architecture. Upland is a small QCS certified wine and fruit farm that produces organic wines, Grappa, and Brandy. Its Grappa also won the World’s Best Grappa Award at the Guldkorken International Competition in Sweden.
The owners at Upland Winery have been using ecological and organic methods on their farm and vineyards to protect the environment and ensure high-quality wines.
No Chemicals in the Vineyards and Winery
The owners, Dr. Edmund Oettle and his wife, Elsie, have been using ecological and organic methods on their farm and vineyards to protect the environment and ensure high-quality wine production. They do not make use of any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. These techniques improve the quality of the soil and lead to the growth of high-quality grapes at Upland Winery. Their organic grapes are better than conventional grapes. They have a high skin to juice ratio and therefore have more excellent flavor and extraction. The microclimate allows a variety of nut and fruit trees to grow in the area. The natural surroundings of the winery and environment are magnificent, allowing for a variety of animal and birdlife.
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colombar, and Chenin Blanc are the Stars at Upland
The main types of grapes that grow in their vineyards include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colombar, and Chenin Blanc. The workers handpick the best grapes, and they are then transported to the winery, where they go into the production of their world-class red, sparkling, and fortified wines.