Laibach – July 2010

July 13th, 2010 by karen

I met Francois van Zyl, the winemaker of Laibach, when he was the guest speaker for the WINE Magazine Organic Wine tastings a couple of months ago.  What a character!  He not only had people crying with laughter from his humour but he taught us a few things too, and is a great ambassador for Organic wines in SA!

Laibach’s state of the art winery with the underground matutation cellar is situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch, one of South Africa’s prime wine-growing areas for noble cultivars.  They have a tasting room with an upstairs jetty. The jetty affords an unusual bird’s-eye-view over a sea of vines, then down the valley towards distant Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Or you can stay overnight in their lodge, take a swim and enjoy a vineyard walk.  It is flanked by the renowned vineyards of Kanonkop and Warwick .

In 1994 they replanted the entire vineyard to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Chardonnay. Through meticulous pruning and no irrigation they limit each vine to an average of 16 buds versus the typical 36 buds per vine. In these new vineyards, very little has been left to chance – aside from the weather. A substantial portion of the grapes are grown organically under the supervision of SGS. A myriad of Ladybirds  keep the mealybugs under control.

Laibach supports a community development project for underprivileged, neglected, abused and orphaned children in South Africa: www.indawo-yentsikelelo.org

One Response to «Laibach – July 2010»


  1. September 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm, KGB Wine » In the Glass – Sept 2011 said:

    […] Enjoying a glass of Laibach‘s Lady Bird Red 2009 brings back memories of many laughs with the highly amusing winemaker Francois  van Zyl whom I hosted for a series at KGB Wine Club last year […]

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