True to nature

Organic winemaking starts with the cultivation of organic grapes — a practice inspired by the simplicity of nature. The goal is to use as few chemicals in the cultivation process as possible. Furthermore, sustainable operations on the farm include the strict monitoring of water consumption and waste management, with recycling high on the priority list at Lazanou. Xavier believes that most good things are simple, and this includes all things wine related. “This is our objective: to do our best with what nature gives us,” he explains. With this goal in mind, it makes sense that Lazanou Organic Vineyards flourishes in Drakenstein. The natural splendour of this iconic region never fails to inspire the Bavaud family. With authenticity as one of the wine farm’s core values, it is easy to see how their true-to-nature winemaking techniques produce exceptional wines The farm boasts just over five hectares of vineyard with a variety of carefully selected cultivars suitable to the microclimatic conditions and soils on the farm. These cultivars include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah (Shiraz), and Mourvèdre.

Xavier Bavaud exudes an air of humble simplicity that spills over into the wines produced on his farm. With such a wonderfully rare approach to winemaking, Lazanou Organic Vineyards’ future in Drakenstein is promising.

The farm has just over five hectares of carefully selected cultivars.

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