Malcolm Perkins, chairman of the Camelia group together with the management team at Linton Park Wines recently hosted a group of leading Cape based media to a very exclusive dinner in the private restaurant Isola, at the One&Only at the V&A Waterfront.
At the dinner function, the people and wines of Linton Park were introduced to the media with an exclusive 5-course menu prepared by Reuben’s Restaurant & Bar, paired with Linton Park Wines by winemaker, JG Auret.
The Linton Park estate, considered by many as an ‘undiscovered gem’ situated outside Wellington, dates back to 1699 with a rich tapestry of heritage. The estate was relaunched in 2017 after a period of about 20 years of extensive renovation by the multinational London based Camellia Group.
Since the Camelia group purchased the estate back in 1995, the company invested extensively in the farm, always with a sustainability and conservation focus. Camelia is based in Kent in the UK, employing over 80 000 people worldwide with company interests in tea, macadamia nuts, avocado plantations, engineering and food service and of course wine.
Malcolm Perkins, the Chairman of the group has a deep personal connection to the farm, visiting a few times a year, especially enjoying the harvest period.
With a heavy focus on conservation at Linton Park, Herman le Roux, Commercial Director, stressed the importance of their philosophy regarding caring for the environment and its people.
The team have worked extensively on sustainability by eradicating alien trees to prevent soil erosion; the recycling of wastewater from the Cellar and filtered in a newly installed water treatment plant, the installation of solar power in the cellar, and working towards reducing their carbon footprint by 15% over the next 5 years. Another ongoing conservation project on the estate is taking care of approximately 2% of the world’s rare and threatened ‘Renosterveld’.