In 1997, John and Ginny Grieve purchased the Avondale Estate – at the foot of the Klein Drakenstein mountains – as their family farm. Youngest son, Johnathan Grieve took up the challenge of transforming this long-used land into a robust, balanced vineyard ecosystem that would ensure that Avondale will support the lives of future generations. The first vintage under the Avondale label was produced in 1999.
The Avondale ethos, Terra Est Vita meaning ‘Soil is Life’ encapsulates the view of Avondale as a dynamic living system where soil, water and energy; plants, animals and people; even buildings, are part of a complex web of relationships and networks, interconnected and interdependent.
Their commitment to promoting life leads to a healthy, balanced vineyard ecosystem and ensures the premium quality of Avondale’s wines which are certified organic. Bio-dynamic agriculture is practiced and 21st Century science, technology and knowledge enhance sustainability.
This white blend is named Cyclus, because of the elegant way that Avondale’s unique life energy swirls through its invigorating layers. The spiral shown on the label can be found in every aspect of Nature. Its expression in liquids is the vortex which is easily observed in the unexpected, creative whorls and eddies in flowing water. The vortex also represents power and dynamism. Nature uses the spinning, turbulent flow of the vortex to energise and revive fluids. Biodynamic farming mimics this powerful stimulating motion in the hand-stirring of preparations as a connection to the universal forces.