As part of the Kogelberg Biosphere, Lothian Vineyards is an integral part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The unique biosphere plays host to 1654 plant species found nowhere else on earth. Amongst this immense diversity of flora, various species of fauna thrive, such as rare Cape Leopard, African Fish Eagle, Cape Eagle Owl and Cape Clawless Otter.
Since acquiring Lothian Vineyards, the Wilson family have removed alien vegetation from the banks of the Palmist River and Applethwaite Lake, planted over 1000 indigenous trees, introduced beehives to aide in pollination and installed nesting boxes for the resident population of Cape Eagle Owls.
The reclamation of the land has been driven by sustainable agricultural practices, which include planting cover crops to improve the soil and reducing the application of chemicals and pesticides.
Working closely with the local community has been a key priority. The numerous stonewalls and intricate stone work – a major feature of the property, reminiscent of those on the west coast of Scotland – are the proud work of our own local, Lothian-trained stonemasons.
Lothian Vineyards’ aim is to work in harmony with nature, the community, and to craft wines that resonate with the rare qualities of this special site.