One of Stellenbosch’s favourite trail runs, Bartinney2Bartinney is happening this weekend, starting off at the Bartinney Wine & Champagne Bar in the historic town centre, and finishing off in the beautiful Banhoek valley.
Here are some interesting facts about the race, the vineyard and the area.
The Bartinney farm has been in the Jordaan family for more than 50 years
The farm was established in 1912, but has been in the Jordaan family since 1953. Rose and Michael Jordaan are the current owners, managing the farm of 28 hectare.
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The winged figure on their wine is called ‘Elevage’ and is symbolic for their vision as wine makers.
The logo symbolises the forward movement of craft. “This idea is embodied in the team work, small-lot artisanal craft and gentle methods, relied upon to create excellence year-on-year.”
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A few years ago a famous land artwork was created at Bartinney.
Visible from an aeroplane, the Bartinney ‘angel’ was the first of its kind.
The project was a collaborative effort between landscape artist Strijdom van der Merwe, owner Rose Jordaan and landscaper Danie Steenkamp. Their aim was partly to rehabilitate the mountain vegetation.
“We started in February, identifying plants, harvesting seeds of the local Renosterveld to be propagated,” says Steenkamp. “We made exclusive use of species that are endemic to the area and that will improve the biodiversity of the area.” Around 54 000 plant plugs and 18 000 bulbs were planted, using 200m3 of mulch, 10m3 of compost and 3 000m3 of bidim geotextile.
The installation took a 16-man team over a month to complete and will eventually cover an area of two hectares, with the silhouette covering over 3 000m2. Read more about the project here.
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Bartinney is situated in the Banhoek Conservancy area.
“Founded in 2013 and registered in 2015, the Banhoek Conservancy was established by a group of farmers in an attempt to protect the environment, to uplift the community and to re-establish a balance between human activities and nature.”
“The conservancy generates an income by providing well designed, permanently marked off-road tracks for multisport athletes to train on. We aim to provide regular time trials so that athletes can hone their performance in beautiful surroundings. Parts of these tracks are regularly used for mountain bike races.”
“Income derived from the facility is used to maintain the tracks, to remove alien vegetation and to protect the environment in the Banhoek valley.”
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Bartinney is passionate about conservation. They explain:
‘Rose Jordaan is almost militant in her zeal for environmental protection at Bartinney Private Cellar. She has personally yanked, hacked and dug out thousands of alien plants on the family wine farm just over the crest of the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, replacing them with indigenous plants and fynbos.
No herbicides have been sprayed in nearly a decade and the first option for pest control is biological: finding a bug that preys on the problem pest. The winery roof bristles with photovoltaic panels, providing half of all the power needed to keep tanks cool and run the pumps and machinery.
Read more about their passion for sustainability here.
Part of the proceeds of the weekend’s race will go to Stellenbosch Trail Fund & Banhoek Conservancy.
Check out the Amoija FB page for more on the race