Sustainable and ethical philosophies guide everything at Journey's End.
Founded in 1996 when the Gabb family took over the estate, Journey's End is situated right in the heart of Stellenbosch - and, with one of the cape's most exciting terroirs, has quickly become one of the region's top wineries.
In the cellars, winemaker Leon Esterhuizen handles the grapes as little as possible, using pre-fermentation soaks to maximise fruit characters. His sensitive use of oak ensures that the fruit always shines through in the glass.
The family's philosophy is one of minimal intervention, both in the vineyards and the cellar. 10ha of land on the estate has been set aside for a re-wilding project, and similar respect for the environment can be seen across the whole winery. Journey's End is committed to using only natural pesticides, where possible forgoing these in favour of cover crops to distract pests away from vines and act as a natural fertiliser. Wildlife is abundant throughout the vineyards and farm and works to create a perfect ecosystem for winegrowing; from beehives that encourage pollination, to Egyptian runner ducks that eat insects, to Eagle owls that catch rodents.
It was only the second winery in South Africa to become entirely solar-powered, and have a deep-running focus on supporting the local communities. As well as being Fairtrade certified, it was also named Ethical Company of the Year in The Drinks Business Green Awards 2020, and is on track to being carbon neutral as a business by the end of the year.