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Paul Cluver Wines - De Rust Estate
Conservation Area
Habitat Reserve
Elgin/Grabouw, +-1 hour from Cape Town
-34.168578, 19.085466



The Estate is part of the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Half of the estate has been set aside for conservation into perpetuity; 60 percent of the total farm are under conservation through a stewardship agreement with CapeNature.

As part of Cluver’s rehabilitation of indigenous vegetation, over 800 endemic trees have been planted. They have also built over 40 kilometres of singletrack for mountain biking as part of promoting eco-tourism. Paul Cluver Estate is closely linked with foundations such as the Cape Leopard Trust and WWF. The wine business forms part of a larger holistic farming business called ‘De Rust Estate’. In addition to the vineyards and cellar, there are apple and pear orchards, a Hereford stud and eco-tourism activities, including amphitheatre concerts, on the farm. 


Conservation Highlights:

  1. We have set up a collaboration with the Cape Leopard Trust: for every bottle of wine sold, we donate 10 Rand.
  2. Partnership with Working for Water: clearing alien vegetation to encourage water runoff into the dams in the Elgin, Grabouw area.
  3. Protection and conservation of the endangered animal species found on the farm.
  4. We have a natural wetlands cleaning system for our used cellar water to ensure that no water is wasted.
  5. Consistently planting indigenous trees.

Future Aims:

  1. Continue our relationships with our conservation partners.
  2. Continue our educational programs for PHD students in conservation and natural sciences.
  3. Continue protecting our endangered species.
  4. Find new ways to conserve and encourage eco-tourism.
  5. Create more awareness for conservation.


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