Imbuko Wines – from a farm that cares
Imbuko Wines is situated on the Uitkyk farm, near Wellington in the heart of the Boland Winelands, South Africa. Imbuko, means “Admiration for…..” in Xhosa, the native tongue of South Africa’s most famous citizen, Nelson Mandela.
Theunis & Annalize van Zyl started Imbuko Wines early in 2004 from their rented home. Their office was an old yellowwood cupboard with an outdated computer. They had little money in their bank account and two young children to look after. Imbuko Wines is now a flourishing wine business that supports the local community and believes in sustainable farming.
Imbuko Wines, such as their organic Releaf wines are made from Uitkyk organically grown grapes as well as from selected terroirs in the area. Too often, wine producers rely on harsh chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides to maintain their vineyards. But not all wineries are the same. The Releaf wines symbolise the true meaning of sustainability and harmony within nature. With Releaf, our growers use sustainable agriculture to produce 100% hand harvested, organically grown grapes.
At Imbuko, as they say “We all have the ability to change, to make greener decisions and to help the environment”. They use partially recycled glass for the bottles; the labels are made from recycled paper and use sustainable inks.
With Imbuko’s Releaf Organic Wines they have decided to put back even more into their community. A percentage of the profits of these wines are donated each year to a much needed cause or student in whose lives Imbuko can make a difference. In 2009-10 the Imbuko Releaf Fund sponsored a student from a previously disadvantaged community to attend the Boland Agricultural College. For 2011-2012 they are donating much needed sports equipment such as cricket nets to a local primary school. Read more about Imbuko’s sustainability policy, their social responsibility efforts and their work with the Uitkyk creche.
Imbuko Releaf Wines available from Festival Wines: