Waterkloof Estate wins Best Architecture and Landscape title
Waterkloof Estate, a biodynamic marvel on the outskirts of Somerset West in the Western Cape renowned for its sustainable wine farming ethics, reaffirmed its status at the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2013 by clinching South Africa's Best Architecture and Landscape title for the second consecutive year.
In addition to retaining this sought-after title, Waterkloof also excelled with second place in both the Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices and Wine Tourism Restaurants categories of this annual competition run by the GWC.
In 2009, this magnificently appointed 'cellar in the sky' - where even the steep incline provides functional advantages in their winemaking process - triumphed as the first South African architectural feat for Castle Rock Design. This Australian based company enjoys recognition for its innovation in the design and management of wineries, luxury resorts and hospitality related projects and its impressive CV includes numerous cellars in Australia and Europe. NMC Construction was the main contractor on Waterkloof's building project.
The whole principle of its design was based around Waterkloof's commitment to honesty, transparency and authenticity when it comes to producing its elegant wines and the building, soaring on the slopes of the Schapenberg, is a clear reflection of these principles.