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An Enchanting Time At The Drift Farm

2018-10-05T13:24:52+00:00November 1st, 2016|Categories: The Farm|

by Annzra Denita In a part of the Overberg, where the wind constantly blows, lies a tranquil, isolated farm called The Drift. There they farm a whole array of organic produce, make olive oils, honey and some of the most beautiful wines you will come across in the Cape. The Drift wines are a bit of a passion project for chief winemaker and owner, Bruce Jack. He was one of the pioneering winemakers in Elim, and is involved in a number of local and international wine industries including Cluver & Jack Cider. With all his projects, The Drift offers a place [...]

The Drift Farm – What to Expect in 2016

2018-10-05T13:28:41+00:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: The Farm|

It’s not easy to put your feet up when you’re excited to get them galloping toward 2016. The past 12 months have been everything we expect from a full year – packed with challenges, lessons and rewards and, as always, peppered with a host of wonderful people. We found success and compliments as we expanded internationally launching our wines in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Nova Scotia, Canada. This winter was a dry one for the Western Cape, fortunately the extraordinary micro climate of the Overberg kept our soils moist and dams adequately full for the coming summer. The harvest looks [...]

Shambhavi – Mindfully Made Soap

2018-10-05T15:39:14+00:00June 17th, 2014|Categories: The Farm|

The creator of our soaps is Jennifer Stephens, whose handcrafted soaps found their way onto our farm through Ayurveda practise and yoga therapy. Hatched from Ayurveda principles and a wish to employ food therapy to one’s skin, Jennifer began producing bars of neutral soap for friends and students as skin remedies. Made from carefully considered ingredients and the precept that your skin absorbs everything you put onto it, Jennifer’s beneficial soaps and oils quickly found a receptive clientele. Shambhavi was born to allow Jennifer to be a mother and practice Ayurveda and yoga therapy while making soap and essential oils. Part [...]

The Drift Farm Awarded a Biodiversity and Wine Initiative Certification

2018-10-05T15:42:05+00:00June 16th, 2014|Categories: The Farm|

South Africa’s vineyards are almost entirely located in the Cape Floral Kingdom, a kingdom whose extraordinary floral diversity, density and endemism are among the highest in the world. The smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms, the Cape Floral Kingdom is the only one to reside entirely in a single country. This biodiversity asset is home to more types of indigenous plants than any similar sized area on Earth, approximately 70% of its 9000 plant species are unique to the Cape. This kingdom exhibits outstanding ecological and biological processes and adaptation to fire and insect seed dispersal and unique plant reproductive [...]

The Drift Farm – A Varietal Treasure Trove

2018-10-05T15:46:44+00:00March 9th, 2014|Categories: The Farm|

Variety is the spice of life at The Drift Farm. On the day we visited, Jason (the marketing manager of the Napier farm) showed us no fewer than 11 tomato varieties, from Black Zebras, to Golden Monarchs, Tigerellas and Speckled Romans. Walk into any local supermarket and you’d be lucky to find more than two varieties. And then there were the purple dragon carrots (famously eaten by the ancient Egyptians), candy-striped beetroot, purple beans and violet cauliflower, to name a few. Interesting stuff indeed. The hazards of hybrids The Drift specialises in heirloom vegetables. Ever since the end of World War [...]

February Flurry on The Drift

2018-10-05T15:46:57+00:00February 23rd, 2014|Categories: The Farm|

As most wine fanatics know, harvest has started, a time for wine farmers and winemakers that makes aforementioned ants look lethargic.  We’re in the thick of it at the moment. Touriga Franca for our Rose came off this week, next week our Pinot Noir comes off, and it’s looking amazing. We’ll be putting a fridge at the Napier Farm Stall and Restaurant where our wine and cider can be purchased, cold off the fridge shelf. March sees us sponsoring a Western Province Prep School event. Celebrate Fun Night takes place on March 20 as part of the centenary celebrations http://wpps-centenary.org.za/ With [...]