Farm Facts

Location

Laborie wine farm is situated on the foothills of Paarl Mountain, which was declared a nature reserve in 1977 and boasts with a spectacular view from the doorstep of the farm. The Paarl Valley is also a very fertile area, which many farms use to their advantage.

This area is dominated by fynbos vegetation and many wild olives, rock candle woods and wagon trees that grow here. It has also grown to become a very popular tourist stop for lunch and a spot to take photos.


Quality

The meticulous vineyard management approach facilitates with the growing of superior grapes for the Laborie wines. Optimal cultivar, clone and rootstock selection suited to the farms weathered granite soils ensures expression of the unique terroir.

After KWV acquired this farm in 1972, they immediately worked on building upon the solid structures laid down by the Taillefert-family and creating the outstanding wine production that is evident today, three hundred years later. Add to this the wide accolade of awards their wines have won, Laborie’s quality boasts for itself and continues to grow.


Production

Laborie’s extensive replanting of especially Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier has been a focus area for the production of their Méthode Cap Classique Brut, Rosé and Blanc de Blancs in recent years. This focus has allowed them to craft wines for production that not only is loved by customers, but offers a different and unique taste.

An estate brandy and fortified desert wine also allows winemakers to expertly craft a wide range of varietals to produce different products to customers and the market.


Restoration

Laborie subscribes to the principles of sustainable farming and is in the process of reducing herbicide, fungicide and an organic fertilizer usage to contribute to an eco-friendlier approach. Laborie is a member of the IPW (Integrated Production of Wine) scheme, a member of WIETA (Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association) and the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative.

These memberships all add to the continuous change that Laborie wants to implement and carry out, to ensure that their main focus on this drive is accomplished successfully and effectively.


Memberships

Laborie was one of the first members of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI). This independent and credible nature conservation initiative promotes awareness of the Western Cape's unique fynbos floral kingdom. Conservation initiatives aim at preserving eco-sensitive vineyard areas and further aid the re-establishment of natural fynbos.

Laborie has demarcated 10% of the total farm area and has reclaimed certain mountainside vineyards for fynbos regeneration. Laborie borders on Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve and the new fynbos areas attract various species of flora and fauna.