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Ashbourne Wines and Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Close to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve outside Hermanus, Hamilton Russell Vineyards – established in 1975 – was the pioneering wine producer in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Under the same custodianship, neighbouring farm Ashbourne Wines, adds to the valley’s commitments to conservation of natural habitats while producing excellent quality wines.

These family-owned farms have established a private nature reserve with pristine mountain fynbos and two small wetlands as part of the 407 hectares under conservation across the adjacent properties owned by the Hamilton Russell family.

The health of the environment is of critical importance to this family who live and work where the wine is made. They have also extended the natural biodiversity into the vineyards by establishing biodiversity islands and species-diverse permanent cover crops.

The land is also home to numerous species of animals, including klipspringer, caracal and bat-eared fox. By-appointment tours and tastings bring the family-farm experience to life.

Area conserved: 63 ha

Loaction: Hemel-en-Aarde

Membership date: 1 April 2006

Hamilton Russell Vineyards website 

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