De Rust Nature Reserve
Situated in the picturesque Elgin Valley, just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, you will find Paul Clüver Family Wines and the De Rust Estate. For over 120 years, The Clüver family has been farming in the Elgin Valley, and has always placed great emphasis on caring for the land and the surrounding community.
In the early 2000s, Dr Paul Clüver was the first landowner in the Western Cape to sign a perpetuity contract legally binding part of the 2 400ha De Rust Estate to CapeNature’s Stewardship Programme – an area in excess of 1000ha. Significantly, the Estate forms part of the Kogelberg Biosphere, a UNESCO world heritage site, and is home to critically endangered Elgin Shale Fynbos and Western Ruens Shale Renosterveld, as well as Kogelberg Sandstone Fynbos.
In 2008, the Paul Clüver Trust was founded, dedicated to safeguarding the region’s rich biodiversity. That same year, Paul Clüver Family Wines became a WWF South Africa Conservation Champion. The Clüver family is passionately committed to environmental conservation and sustainability, demonstrated through initiatives such as ongoing alien vegetation removal, river restoration, the reintroduction of indigenous plants, and the establishment of ecological corridors on De Rust Estate.
𝘛𝘔𝘍’𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦’𝘴 𝘉𝘪𝘰𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘖𝘶𝘵𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘝𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘝𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘪𝘰𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘴 𝘋𝘦 𝘙𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦.