away in a corner, at the end of a dirt road leading
out of Wellington in the Boland, you will find the rustic,
unassuming organic estate, Upland. You could be forgiven
for thinking you were in Tuscany, as apart from the
Hawekwa mountain range, which cradles the estate, there
is a similar wonderfully rustic and timeless feel to
this part of the world.
- the name comes from the English for Boland - is a
small QCS certified fruit and wine farm that has been
producing world class organic Brandy, Grappa, Port and
Cabernet Sauvignon for over a decade. Upland's organic
Grappa won the 'World's Best Grappa' at the Guldkorken
International Competition in Stockholm and its list
of international and local awards is impressive.
What makes Upland unique is the dedication of its owners.
For the past eleven years, Dr Edmund Oettlé and his
wife, Elsie, have faithfully implemented organic farming
techniques. As Edmund says, for him, 'Organic is primarily
philosophical as opposed to agricultural.' Organic farming
needs to be economically viable and sustainable in the
long term and therefore making use of natural fertilizers
and pest control is not a quick-fix solution, but rather
a slow, sustainable process.
Upland motto plays on the words 'our products don't
'Cost the Earth' and the Oettlé's believe whole-heartedly
in the need to be good stewards of the resources which
Upland has been blessed with.
farming techniques they employ have resulted in a vast
improvement and richness in the soil, which is reflected
in the robustness of their wines.