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The Estate

UITKYK WINE ESTATE WAS DESIGNED IN TYPICAL LATE 18TH CENTURY STYLE. THE BUILDINGS IN THIS PRECINCT SURROUNDING”UITKYK HUIS” ARE ARRANGED IN A TRADITIONAL RELATIONSHIP TO THE MANOR HOUSE.

The restoration of Uitkyk was carefully planned in different phases. An expert on old Cape buildings, the architect Dirk Visser was asked to draw up a master plan for the whole werf. This ensures that all future developments will be stylistically authentic and in keeping with the Manor House, the old wine cellar, the outbuildings, tennis court, slave quarters, swimming pool and even farm walls.

The Manager’s house has been substantially altered from the original small cottage. Some elements such as the windows, front door and some internal doors remain exactly as they were.

The current store, which is the building adjacent to the slave quarters and fronting the tennis court, is in a state of disrepair. The rows of vertical “guns shots” on the north façade indicate that the building was probably built as a form of defense. The roof has been raised and steel windows have been built in. The building presently houses farm materials and implements.

This simple structure together with the adjacent store, form the South Eastern edge of the historical precinct, an area which once served as slave quarters. Slaves had to sleep eat, dine and live in a separate house from the landlord and his family.

View this aerial video of the gracious Uitkyk Wine Estate and experience our unique neo-classical manor house and internationally acclaimed wines.

SILVER TREES

THE FARM IS 600 HA IN SIZE OF  WHICH 140 HA ARE UNDER VINE. THE SLOPES RANGE FROM 200 – 500M ABOVE SEA LEVEL.

A threatened tree species belonging to the Protea family has been found on the estate – the majestic Silver Tree Leucadendron argenteum, which gets its name from the distinctive shiny silver leaves it bears.

This species has in recent years lost 55 % of its habitat and 74 % of its population size. Most of the habitat loss is due to urbanization and agricultural expansions, making it imperative that it is protected and maintained where it still occurs in farmland corridors. Typically the Silver Tree grows in concentrated stands and has a preference for slopes less affected by wild fires.

At Uitkyk the trees are found in a narrow band. The survival of this species remains under material threat. Scientist have predicated the next 15 years as being most significant, in preventing this endangered beauty from reaching extinction.

THE OWLS

UITKYK WINE ESTATE LAUNCHED A PROJECT TO INCREASE THE OWL POPULATION ON THE FARM BY CREATING SUITABLE HABITATS FOR THESE BIRDS OF PREY. UITKYK, A BIODIVERSITY & WINE INITIATIVE CHAMPION, WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IN THE WINELANDS TO APPRECIATE THE VALUE OF OWLS IN RODENT CONTROL WHEN SEVERAL YEARS AGO IT ERECTED “OWL POSTS” IN THE VINEYARDS TO FACILITATE THEIR HUNTING.

The estate commissioned owl specialist Lianda Naudé to undertake a survey of which species of these nocturnal raptors were already present on the farm. She found evidence of both Barn Owls and Spotted Eagle Owls. Cape Eagle Owls are found higher in the mountainous areas of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy on which the farm borders. Naudé confirmed that finding more than one species of owl was already proof of the health of the eco-system on the farm. The project hopes that the estate will attract African Grass Owls and the indigenous marsh owl to the farm once a suitable habitat is created.

The estate has quite a large wetland area, the alien vegetation has been removed which has allowed the re-establishment of indigenous grasses. The team improved the water flow in the wetland and also created an ideal habitat for those owl species, which prefer to hunt in the long grass.

The team at the estate harness natural methods of crop protection in order to reduce the need for chemical interventions as far as possible. A principle of working with nature and not against it has been adopted.