Packwood is one of many favoured wine estates in Plettenberg Bay by those seeking award winning wines and beautiful surroundings.
Owners, Peter and Vicky Gent originally farmers from England emigrated in 1997. Whilst on honeymoon and a visit to Packwood, they were mesmerized by this very special place. That was the beginning of the transformation of this baron farm into the beautiful country estate it is today.
The dairy was started from scratch in 1998 with the introduction of a small herd of just 100 milking cows, the dairy is now home to over 950 very happy Jersey cows and all 100% pasture fed.
In early 2000 Packwood became a founder member and proud shareholder in Amadlelo Agri Pty (Ltd) which has grown the most sustainable and successful BEE enterprise in SA. Creating a sustainable milk producing enterprise, alleviating poverty and unemployment, empowering community members with ownership of a modern commercial farming operation, farmers/shareholders raised R8.5 million to create a dairy in the Eastern Cape, together with 600 cows additional operational and working capital for the development of the farm.
In 2002 a small Hereford beef herd was introduced to diversify the livestock and in December 2014 the arrival of the first Murray Grey rare breed beef calves.
In 2006 another venture – realizing the areas potential for a vineyard, with a very similar climate to parts of Europe and New Zealand, the cooler climate cultivars would be the selected choice, Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. After much investigation and analysis, the vineyard was conceived, planted on a gently rolling hill 330 metres above sea level, the vines grow at the highest point of the estate, benefiting from the sea air that gathers momentum most days.