Building And Environment
Fruit of the collaboration between a team of Swiss and South African architects, the 6,000 m2 building was erected in 2009 as one of most modern wineries in the continent.
Besides providing a unique tool for the winemaker, functioning by gravity flow on 5 floors half underground, it helps keep a very respectful and green footprint, preserving the stunning surroundings.
The roof (largest cast-concrete roof in southern Africa) was built using void formers, which lock in air into the slab and make the roof thermally stable as air is a poor conductor of heat.
70% energy is saved for cooling, running chilled water through 15 kilometres of pipes in the structure.
Changes of air occur at night when the air is cold outside to reduce the spore counts in the building.
WATER: water runs in a closed system. We purify bore hole water on the estate, use it in the cellar or to run through the cellar pipes, purify it again and return it to our four main irrigation dams. It is used on the vines and in turn drains back to the bore hole.
CLEANING: it is made with a high-pressure hot water system is used instead standard chemicals.
WASTE: the majority of green waste is composted and all possible waste is recycled.
SOLAR ENERGY: the very efficient cooling system enables the 300 solar panels on the roof of the winery to cover almost all of the electricity requirements.