Meet the Winemaker (Episode 74): Kobus du Toit, Waverly Hills
Set in the beautiful countryside in the foothills of South Africa’s Witzenberg Mountain Range is Waverly Hills Vineyards. The vineyards and olive groves, which total 30 hectares, are run and owned by the Du Toit family with over 40 years of experience in the business of winemaking.
Named as 2011 ‘Best of Wine Tourism winner for Sustainability’, Waverly Hills has a unique green approach to winemaking. They produce a range of smooth organic wines with soft ripe tannins accented by the robust aromatics of the fynbos, the indigenous flora.
Organic farming, explains director and owner, Kobus du Toit, requires a great deal of extra effort and cost but the family is dedicated to preserving the land for generations to come. This means dealing with natural predators, introduced to combat unfriendly insects and pests rather than conventional pesticides or fertilizers. At Waverly Hills you will find a family of wild ducks roaming among the vines eating the snails and grape-thieving baboons roaming the vineyards – only in South Africa!