The late Chris du Toit was one of the pioneers of the South African wine industry and was employed at Stellenbosch Farmers Winery for 29 years, where he ended his career as Director of Operations. He was one of the founding members and first generation owner of Brenn-O-Kem (Pty) Ltd.
Brenn-O-Kem plays a vital role in the South African wine industry, recycling the by-products of this industry to produce essential end products such as grape alcohol, tartaric acid and cream of tartar.
a wine farmer at heart
Chris du Toit was a wine farmer at heart and had always had a keen interest and dream to one day produce his own quality wines. He unfortunately passed away in 2001 but with the first vineyards planted and growing, he passed away knowing that his dream would become a reality.
Second generation sons Kobus and Wynand continued this dream by producing quality organic wines on Waverley Hills. A block on the farm was identified as producing the highest quality Shiraz grapes with small berries and incredibly low yield of 2 tons per hectare. All these grapes were specially selected and handpicked to produce less than 1000 bottles of CW Reserve Shiraz.
This exclusive, handcrafted wine is an ode to the late Chris du Toit, for his love of wine, his passion for the wine industry and first generation owner of Waverley Hills.
Green Fingers Big Brag Evening
The Witzenberg Eco Centre played host the 2012 prize giving evening for the Green Fingers project on 16 October. The first prize for the calendar leopard illustration competition went to Bothashalte Primary School. They won a 2-day educational camp with the Cape Leopard Trust for 20 children.
Photo: Children from Bothashalte, with their teacher and members of the Witzenberg Eco Centre. Back left: JC van der Merwe(Gericke Primary School), Johann van Biljon(Eco Centre Chairman), Mr. N. Pedro(Bothashalte Teacher), Tammy Nieuwoudt(Waverley Hills), Marx-Lenin Nagan(Cape Nature), Michelle Klaasens(Witzenberg Municipality)
The Green Fingers 2012 project involved 14 local schools and over 500 Grade 6 learners took part. The project comprises of 4 stages over the course of the year where the children have practical sessions covering river condition monitoring, exotic vs indigenous plants, plant propagation and replanting, sustainability and reuse, reduce and recycle. Green Fingers is sponsored by LandCare, Cape Nature, Intaba Environmental Services, Witzenberg Muncipality and Waverley Hills. Ceres Pick n Pay, Amazing Pies and Ceres Fruit Juices donated towards food hampers given to the children at the prize giving.