Cover Crops in the Circle of Life

Cover Crops in the Circle of Life

As we move into Summer, the cover crops that have been so lush throughout the cold months are coming to the end of their cycle.  We are busy either mowing or rolling them flat to make a rich mulch in the vineyards, and in their dying these plants go on to make their...
Weeds, and What they tell you

Weeds, and What they tell you

Weeds might be the bane of the conventional farmer, but at Avondale we regard them as storytellers that are worth listening to.  Every weed has an ideal environment that it likes to grow in.  If a soil is out of balance – deficient in certain minerals, too acid or too...
Legumes in the Avondale Cover Crop Mix

Legumes in the Avondale Cover Crop Mix

Legumes are a diverse range of plants belonging to the family Fabaceae.  Commonly known legumes include alfalfa, clover, lupin, vetch, peas, beans, soy and peanuts.  Africa’s classic Acacia thorn trees are also part of this family.  As a food source, legumes are...
Autumn – Time to Replenish

Autumn – Time to Replenish

Once again the seasons are turning, and Autumn brings its own special rhythms, colours and light.  It is a time when Avondale’s ethos “Terra est Vita” – Soil is Life – is top of mind. As our vines get ready for their months of rest, we have plenty of work to do...
Biodiversity throughout the system

Biodiversity throughout the system

The measure of the robustness of any ecosystem can be found in its biodiversity. Multitudes of life forms reduce vulnerability, protect the ecosystem from shocks and enable it to restore and regenerate more quickly. Avondale was one of the first South African wine...
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