Viticulture at TOKARA is considered a long-term investment. The estate devotes significant capital into ensuring the most cutting edge technologies are available for vineyard analysis and wine production. TOKARA is the first cellar to make commercial use of the NDVI process, which captures both visible and infrared light emitted from vineyards to create a colour index describing variances between cultivated sections. Apart from technology, superior wines require superior raw materials. TOKARA has a highly skilled and tirelessly dedicated labour force, working on some of the most exceptional terroirs in the country. The soil types at TOKARA belong to the Oakleaf and Tukulu families and are classified as high potential, inducing relatively high vigour.
All viticulture procedures at TOKARA strive to create a balance between the vegetative and reproductive qualities of the vine, which is beneficial to both the environment and the quality of the estate’s final product. Three prime farming locations, each situated in some of the Western Cape’s best cool-climate viticulture districts, supply the TOKARA winery. All of the TOKARA vineyards incorporate the same cutting-edge farming technologies, embracing the practices of precision viticulture. Together, they produce an impressive range of grapes for one of the most exciting new properties in the country.
Located on top of the Kogelberg Mountain range overlooking the orchards of Elgin to the north the coastline to the south, and surrounded by fynbos, Highlands is a very unique winegrowing site. Ideally suited to the production of fine Sauvignon blanc wines, the farm was purchased in 2001 and 85% of the available land was planted to this variety. The vineyards were developed in two phases - the first 4ha was planted in 2003, and the remaining 18ha in 2004. The property is situated a mere 7km from the coast, with an elevation of 415m above sea level. Due to the elevation, frequent cloud cover and cooler summer temperatures, the Highlands Sauvignon blanc ripens 6 weeks later than the Tokara Stellenbosch Sauvignon blanc vineyards (mid to end March). On average these vineyards are 4°C cooler per day during the summer months than the Tokara Stellenbosch vineyards
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The predominant soil types are Tukulu and Cartref, with small sections of Witfontein and Houwhoek. The soils are medium to coarse sand with a medium to low growing potential. All the vineyard blocks are orientated in a north south row direction, are vertically trellised and drip irrigated. The average planting density is 2500 vines per hectare.