Cape Town’s iconic heritage wine farm, Groot Constantia, has been officially recognised as a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Conservation Champion.
Words by Greg Landman
This partnership with the WWF is part of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI), which sees the South African wine industry and the conservation sector working together to promote awareness of conservation-focused farming practices.
Floricius Beukes, Viticulturist and Estate Manage for Groot Constantia explains that 95% of wine growing takes place in South Africa in the unique habitat of the Cape Floral Kingdom, and so this balance between nature and farming is essential.
“Groot Constantia is committed to environmental conservation and to being a custodian of the land. We are aware of the vital need to conserve the Cape biodiversity and are very excited to be recognised by the WWF for our role as environmental industry leaders.”
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WWF Conservation Champions are only officially recognised after meeting rigorous conservation criteria, and as part of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative Groot Constantia are focused on:
- Minimising the loss of threatened natural habitat;
- Increasing the total area of well-managed natural habitat set aside;
- Promoting changes in farming practices that enhance biodiversity, both in vineyards and surrounding natural areas;
- Positioning the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom – and the estate’s proactive stance to environmental sustainability and conservation – as an important selling point.
Consumers can look out for the striking WWF Conservation Champion logo – featuring a sugarbird on a protea – on the Groot Constantia wine bottles.