Welcome to Laibach Organic Wines
At Laibach Vineyards we are committed to producing wines of outstanding quality, that best reflect the unique terroir and the microclimate of the Simonsberg ward near Stellenbosch, one of South Africa’s prime wine-growing areas for noble cultivars. Therefore we use a blend of tradition and innovation, adhering to a philosophy of continuous improvement.
At the beginning of this century we started to convert our vineyards gradually to organic farming. The question of agricultural sustainability may not be fully answered with organic farming practices, but it’s a great start. The elimination of toxic agricultural chemicals may reverse the pollution of our surface and groundwater supplies, save the farm workers from certain chronic maladies and even spare wildlife some hideous malformations. The reduction of highly soluble synthetic fertilizers may reduce yields in some crops for a time, but through soil building practices, like recycling of manures and other wastes through composing, and the revitalization of soil with organic matter, we try to create soils capable of sustaining production levels without sacrificing economic concerns. We see ourselves as traditionalists. We make wine with minimal intervention to show what the special Simonsberg-Stellenbosch deep red soils (Clovelly and Glenrosa) can produce. On the whole farm we use very little irrigation and we rely on our deep clay soil to keep the roots cool and happy. Our average yield is around 35-40 hectoliters per hectare.
To grow organic grapes without herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers was a huge challenge for us. The main advantage of organic growing is that there are far fewer chemical residues in the soil, atmosphere, groundwater and the wine itself. Organic vineyard management is based on farming fundamentals: building organic matter in soil with cover crops, controlling weeds by physical means, encouraging natural air flow around the fruit and welcoming the natural enemies of vineyard pests by seeding fennel and yarrow around the vineyards as an inviting breeding ground for them.
Our principle guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the different parts of the farming system into an ecological whole. We have our own wormery.
We don’t use animal-derived finings for our organic wines. The wines are listed in the South African Vegan Directory.
Our state-of-the-art winery at the foot of the Simonsberg with its underground maturation cellar has a handling capacity of 300 tons and was built in 1996. Visible from the R 44 the design is characterized by strong form, clean lines and raw materials. Two elongated buildings with domed roofs are linked by an axis running from the square “engine room” at the back through the upper level of the cellar to an entrance tower and onto a “jetty” jutting over the vineyards. The jetty affords an unusual bird’s-eye-view over a sea of vines, then down the valley towards distant Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.
We invite you to visit us and to enjoy our exceptional range of wines from Stellenbosch. On the slopes of the Simonsberg, one of South Africa’s prime wine-growing areas for noble cultivars, the Laibach family practices sustainable wine-farming since 1994.
Stay overnight at our Lodge, take a swim or a vineyard walk, taste our wines and enjoy breathtaking views on table mountain.
Located just ten kilometers north of Stellenbosch on the R44 (Klapmuts Road), our tasting room is an easy stop on a tour through the Winelands of the Cape.
From Cape Town take the N1 towards Paarl, take Exit No. 47 (R 44 Stellenbosch / Klapmuts / Wellington). After ramp turn right on R44, go straight through four way stop and after five kms on the right you’ll see Laibach Vineyards.