The name "Montagu Vines" originates from the vineyard.
Pam and Ant Townsend are the new custodians of Montagu Vines Guesthouse having spent the last 25 years in Johannesburg, Pam as an educationalist in academia and Ant, in the corporate environment. They continue to build on the past success and top quality of Montagu Vines as a guesthouse built up by previous owners Campbell and Ursula Blamey and Richard Ilett together with their dedicated and friendly staff.
The name "Montagu Vines" originates from the vineyard planted on the property after the devastating floods in 1984, which washed away the original apricot orchard. From this vineyard, the award winning Beverley Dawn Chenin Blanc (named after the late Beverley Ilett), was produced in the 2007-2009 seasons. In November 2008 the weather again was going to play a major role in the agricultural affairs of Montagu Vines. Another flood hit the village, completely washing away the irrigation to the vines, depositing sterile soil in the vineyard.
The 300 newly planted vines were washed away! All attempts were made throughout 2009 to save the vineyard but it was clear it had been too badly damaged. In May 2010 the vineyard was removed and replaced with an olive grove. Future plans include planting new vines along the boundary fence.
Environmental Initiatives at Montagu Vines
As South Africa becomes more aware of environmental issues, we at Montagu Vines are trying to do "our bit" to reduce the carbon footprint. The following initiatives are in place:
- All globes are now energy saving.
- The new rooms have solar heating.
- Geysers in some rooms are switched off in the quieter seasons.
- Special wall and ceiling insulation has been installed in the new wing to keep in the warmth during winter and out during the summer, thus reducing the usage of air conditioning.
- All gardens and the olive farm are irrigated through an automatic irrigation system from water supplied from the Cogmanskloof Breede River Irrigation Scheme.
- All garbage is disposed of in recyclable containers and kitchen waste is used to make compost which is put back into the gardens.
- No inorganic pesticides or insecticides are used in the garden or olive grove.
- Bio-degradable products for cleaning are being introduced where possible.