The Estate

Longridge Wine Estate, one of the leading wine estates in South Africa, is situated in the Stellenbosch region on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain range.

About Longridge Estate

INDUSTRY LEADER

Longridge Wine Estate, one of the leading wine estates in South Africa, is situated in the Stellenbosch region on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain range. The farm was first registered in 1841 and underwent a few name changes before finally being called Longridge in 1992, when commercial wine production first started.

Come and visit us today! Taste and buy our wines or enjoy an amazing lunch or dinner at the restaurant. We are child friendly and you can take your children on a short walking trail to discover the different kinds of grapes and to visit our hardworking cows and ducks.

Our goal is to produce world class wines in a natural way, applying the age-old traditions of natural winemaking and respecting our land, by not using any herbicides, pesticides or chemical sprays.

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Our Philosophy

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Our philosophy is simple – we want to make enjoyable wines, which are healthy to drink and of a world-class standard.

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We focus on the varieties that are best suited to our climate and soils. Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc (Steen) have both proven themselves over the years and have been highly awarded. Likewise, the classic red varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and of course, the South African classic Pilotage.

For this we need only grapes and time. In other words, we do not want to make all the various additions modern winemakers use to produce wines quicker and cheaper. Accordingly we use less sulphur dioxide and no commercial yeast, enzymes, fining agents, stabilizing agents, filtration etc.

Our Biodynamic & Organic Principles

SUSTAINABILITY

At Longridge we strive to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Biodynamic viticultural methods are utilised to the fullest in our vineyards; we strive to produce excellent quality wines while minimalising the impact we have on the environment. On the farm, our vines, herbs and vegetables are free from artificial pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers.

Each cultivar has been tended to using only natural methods and no commercial yeasts, enzymes or fining agents are used in our wines. The restaurant also utilizes sustainability to the best of its ability by only using produce grown organically on the farm and by sourcing other produce locally.

Free-roaming geese that waddle through the vineyard also help control insects and other pests that may harm the vines. The farm is also home to cattle, that also wander about freely on the farm and provide manure that can later be used as compost on the farm.

Spiritual and ethical practices are also greatly considered on farms that actively participate in biodynamic farming methods. Being biodynamic goes beyond being ecological and environmentally conscious, it’s about sustaining ecosystems and planning for the future.

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