On a recent Saturday morning a group of members of our wine club and their family and friends gathered at the farm for a day of tree planting, wine tasting and a well-earned lunch. Part of being a Backsberg Wine Club member involves the opportunity to plant a tree in your familyâ€™s name, on the farm. This ties into our philosophy of care for the environment; it was important for me to extend that view to the wine club.
Greeted by some bubbly and something tasty to nibble on, people arrived mid-morning, to a seriously stunning winterâ€™s day. I had been watching the weather rather nervously throughout the prior week, but luck was definitely on our side. We headed to the tree planting site, not far from the winery- the idea being that members can visit their tree anytime they like.
Our horticulturist Gericke and his trusty side-kick Matthew had kindly pre-dug the holes for the trees, plus they provided an amusing idiotâ€™s guide on how to plant a tree. My favourite part of the guide was definitely the very key, last point â€˜Look and admire your tree, and drink another glass of vinoâ€™. The guide aside, yours truly did a little demo of how to plant a tree, before inviting members to plant their own tree. The tree planting went down very well, with everyone getting thoroughly involved.
Last week we received a brilliant letter from Laurence Matroos, which really summed the day up. Here is an excerpt:
Will you please thank the Back family, especially Simon for the wonderful day spend on their beautiful wine estate and in their company. I left there boasting to all and sundry that there is a tree planted on the Backsberg estate in my familyâ€™s name. It gives me great pride to know that my family is now part of the history of the Backsberg estate and that we left behind a legacy for those that will come after us.
The tree planting was rounded off by a wine tasting, which included a vertical tasting of our Klein Babylonstoren and then a delicious lamb on the spit lunch at the restaurant.
Story and photos by Simon Back.