Vergelegen wine farm worst affected by Helderberg blaze, but remains open

Vergelegen Estate is the most adversely affected estate of the wineries in the Helderberg region, but is still open for business.

At least 40% of the Vergelegen property has been ravaged by a wildfire.

Vergelegen CEO Don Tooth explains that the wildfire has crossed over to Morgenster Estate and firefighters are battling to keep it away from Lourensford Estate.

He advises that Vergelegen lost a few vineyards and that management will asses the full damage in coming days.

Tooth says that a great deal natural vegetation of renosterveld has been burned in addition to Protea bushes.

According to Tooth, vineyards are unlikely to be affected by smoke taint.

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