In our vineyard we use our Trilogy approach to farming, where we overlap three recognized philosophies to obtain balanced wines.
The Organic Movement started when modern large-scale agricultural practices began to appear …
The Organic Movement, for which we are certified in both EU and NOP standards, is the base of our system. It is a very large, well-recognized and organized movement with many certification agencies and supporters. The main feature of the movement is the prohibited use of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides in the production of crops and other foodstuff which encourages a self-sustainable, reduced-input approach to farming and winemaking. However, it does not give any input on how to make good wine or produce good crops. It just says what you cannot do.
The Biodynamic movement was created by Rudolph Steiner in the early 1900’s …
The biodynamic approach is our second philosophy. It is similar in many ways to the organic movement, but it is also about subtle energies and the influence of planets and the cosmos on the performance of living things. It features Biodynamic Preparations that we use in the production of our composts and which we apply to the vineyard.
SOILS & MINERALS
The third movement, the Mineral Soil or Ideal Soils, is about the vine diet and how to feed it properly. We know that animals and humans need proteins, carbs and fats to ensure a good diet. Plants also need a balanced diet of calcium, manganese, sodium and potassium in the right quantities to ensure a healthy life. This movement looks at restoring the mineral balance that creates the ideal soil for plant and animal health.
The two pictures shown here were taken on the same day in early Spring.
The top one is from a neighbouring conventional farm, where herbicides and pesticides ensure the soil is hard and absent of any life. The bottom one is from our farm, where we encourage nature to do its thing. It is obvious to us which farm produces the best wine.
What people are saying about us
I’ve been a big fan of Nativo since first meeting Billy and tasting the wines when we opened Publik wine bar, not just because the wines are of high quality but because of the sustainable farming methods he employs that go into making the wines more than just delicious, but responsible too. Then there’s the grape varieties – working with the likes of Roussanne, Grenache, Tempranillo, Mourvedre and more, which for me speaks to the adventurous side of Billy and his desire to make great wine using interesting blends.
Working with the fruit for the last few years has been a journey as its able to make very expressive wines from this great terroir in the Swartland. Purity has always been key in great wines and one doesn’t have to look further in capturing it when working with Kasteelsig fruit. On these deeper red soil sites focus is key in order to harvest at the right time and this is part of the fun side should you get it right!
We have had the enormous privilege of being involved with Billy Hughes, Nativo wines, Kasteelsig Vineyard for many years. We first met Billy and his late wife Penny in 1997 and was struck their kindness and passion for wine. Ten years later I was fortunate to have an opportunity to buy grapes for our fledgling wine, and it wasn’t long before they were amongst the first investors in Painted Wolf wines. In the early days, I shared grapes and cellar facilities with Nativo for 4 vintages ? , and have continued to buy Kasteelsig grapes. I enjoy and respect Billys philosophies on organic and natural wines and his regard for the integrity of the vineyard at Kasteelsig from which Nativo was born. Billys wines are a true reflection of one of the very best vineyards in the Swartland. Testimony to this claim can be found in the numbers of highly regarded wines sourcing grapes from Kasteelsig vineyards. Nativo wines represent the essence of the vineyard, restrained, elegant, sophisticated and as an added bonus, organic.
We at Wine Concepts have been supporting Nativo wines from inception. Why have we done this? Simply that these hand crafted wines have wowed our clients vintage after vintage. Billy’s dedication to making premium quality wines from selected Swartland vineyards is relentless…..and the upside for our consumers, besides the quality, is that they are also very well priced. We wish Billy and his team all the best for the future.