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UPDATE: 3 hectares of vines damaged in wine farm blaze

Damage assessments are currently underway at the Neetlingshof wine estate in Stellenbosch after a wildfire laid waste to parts of the historic farm

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Three hectares of vineyards have been damaged in a wildfire that raged on the historic Neethlingshof wine estate near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape since earlier this week.

Estate manager De Wet Viljoen confirms to Food For Mzansi that different varieties of vines have been damaged, including Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer.

There has been no threat to lives in the blaze, which broke out early on Monday evening. The 300-year-old buildings and infrastructure on the estate – considered one of the oldest in South Africa – has also been declared safe, Viljoen says. A damage assessment is, however, currently underway.

READ: Firefighters battle blaze at historic wine estate

“The fire is under control and has been contained. It is obviously still smouldering, and we are monitoring the situation just to make sure it does not flare up again.

“As soon as the fire starts dying down, we will do mop-up (operations) and we will do a full damage assessment. At this stage, we have lost about three hectares of vines due to the fire. We need to assess the situation once we can get to the area that has been affected.”

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Noluthando Ngcakani
Noluthando Ngcakani
With roots in the Northern Cape, this Kimberley Diamond has had a passion for telling human interest stories since she could speak her first words. A foodie by heart, she began her journalistic career as an intern at the SABC where she discovered her love for telling agricultural, community and nature related stories. Not a stranger to a challenge Ngcakani will go above and beyond to tell your truth.
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