An exciting new Cape wine farm app combines the best of both worlds: convenience and conscience. With GPS-enabled ‘’near me now’’ functionality it shows you nearby ‘’Conservation Champion’’ wine farms.
The Champion Wine Guide is a digital collection of 38 fabulous wine farms offering information on a variety of activities as well as a glance into their conservation journeys. It also provides special offers and promotions.
These champion wine farms are part of WWF’s Conservation Champions, a group of committed landowners who have achieved the hard-earned conservation status in this voluntary land and water stewardship programme.
By downloading this free app, you can explore this unique family of eco-centric wine farms across the Cape.
This app celebrates the environmental leaders of South Africa’s wine industry, our Conservation Champions.
It also shares a snippet of the story of each Conservation Champion plus a host of fun activities and stunning facilities on offer in the winelands.
What many people don’t think about when drinking wine and visiting wine farms, is that agriculture – land being cleared to grow our food and grapes – has the largest impact on the indigenous insects, plants and animals that used to live harmoniously in these landscapes.
Plus in South Africa, over 80% of our land is either privately-owned or communal farmlands. This means that cropland and natural vegetation compete for co-existence.
In the Cape winelands, where rapid vineyard expansion took place in the early 2000s, this land was originally home to the unique Cape Floral Kingdom. Commonly known as fynbos, this is the world’s smallest plant kingdom and is found nowhere else on the planet.
For this reason, the Champion Wine Farm Guide is even more special as it assembles this list of environmentally conscious farms who are protecting the most diverse and beautiful parts of nature.
This fine plant life is best enjoyed up close, plus it is home to species such as the delightful dancing Cape sugarbird which relies on healthy mature proteas and the majestic Cape leopard which needs large areas of land to roam.
If you want to do a winelands day trip on a whim, then this app is definitely for you. It is ideal for both the international tourist and the sho’t left local in search of new experiences. Each listing includes ecotourism activities as well as places to eat and stay with contact details to book en-route.
So when you next plan your next day trip or weekend escape with a hike or mountain bike trail, choose one of these Conservation Champion farms to be assured of a spectacular experience in the heart of the floral kingdom.
- L Y N D R É N E L