Wine Tasting and Biodiversity Walk at Backsberg Estate

March 4, 2010

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**UPDATE 9 March 2010: Owing to clashes with the Cape Argus Cycle Tour and other events, this outing has been moved to Saturday the 27th of March 2010**

Slow Food Mother City has organised a picnic lunch at Backsberg Estate on Saturday 27 March 2010, with a presentation on their environmental initiatives and some wine tasting (of course!).

Backsberg Estate

Backsberg has been concerned with its environmental impact for a long time already, way before it became trendy.

Backsberg invested heavily in a carbon audit so that they could reach their goal of becoming carbon neutral. This goal was soon achieved, making them the first carbon neutral wine estate in South Africa and one of only three in the world.

Most of us enjoy a glass of wine on occasion (or often!), but most people don’t realise the impact of wine farming on the environment. The removal of fynbos to plant vineyards is one aspect of that. Backsberg is a member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative, setting aside part of the estate for conservation of fynbos.

Backsberg has also built an Earth Centre on the estate which serves as an education centre as well as offices for Food and Trees for Africa, who assist Backsberg with offsetting projects.

These are some of the initiatives that Backsberg has undertaken, but there are many more. For this reason Backsberg has won, and continues to win, many environmental awards both locally and abroad.

Backsberg Estate


Date and time:
Saturday 27 March 2010. 11.00am

The schedule for our visit looks like this:

  • 11h00: Arrival (refreshments served outside the Earth Centre)
  • 11h00-12h00: Environmental Tour of the Estate with Simon Back
  • 12h00-13h00: Wine Tasting in Historical Vat Cellar hosted by Cellar Door Manager, Danwin James
  • 13h00: Finger Lunch outside the Earth Centre

The event is child friendly.

The cost will be R80 for members, R85 for guests and R35 for children aged 3-12. Wine will be available for purchase to take home or enjoy with your picnic. Cool drinks will also be available for purchase.

Backsberg Wine Estate –

If you would like to come, please email us at: and let us know how many people you are bringing (and whether you are members or guests). We will then send you banking information to make your deposit and confirm your place/s.

From Cape Town: Take the N1 towards Paarl. Take Exit 47 – Klapmuts, Stellenbosch R44 offramp. At the Stop street turn right (underneath the N1 towards Stellenbosch). Go over the next 4-way stop and over the bridge. Take the next left on Franschhoek (R45). About 5km down that road on your right you’ll see Backsberg.

Map to Backsberg Estate

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2 Responses to “Wine Tasting and Biodiversity Walk at Backsberg Estate”

  1. Simon Back Says:

    Looking forward to having slow food mother city on the farm. SB


  1. Slow Food Mother City | My Cape Town - March 17, 2010

    […] Our next event (on the 27th March 2010)  is a visit to Backsberg Estate which has won several awards for its environmental initiatives (I recently wrote about that here). We will be taken on a walk around the farm to learn about some of their environmental initiatives before doing a wine tasting and then enjoying an al fresco picnic together. The event is child friendly and priced very reasonably. The details of the event are available on the Slow Food Mother City website here. […]