published on: Friday, 11 May 2018
These wines, under the custodianship of Rooiberg Winery, contribute significantly to the Foundation from wine sales.
Rooiberg, as part of the Rooiberg Breede River Conservancy Corridor Project, operates in collaboration with various property owners in the area – identified as an important conservation site which forms a natural corridor of leopard and other wild species to interact with one another.
In fact the Robertson-McGregor area has shown the highest density leopard population in expansive studies by the Landmark Foundation – an organisation that addresses threats to wildlife and works with the relevant land-owners in this regard.
Eight of the 20 shareholder farms in the Rooiberg fold were selected as having the most conservation-worthy land and form part of the BWI. This comprises more than 6 000 hectares of natural land which represents 57% of the total area of shareholders’ farms.
These are but a few of the initiatives that have given the 54 year-old Rooiberg Winery – the custodian of Game Reserve Wines – a track-record of quality wine production in harmony with nature and the interests of the community. It is today a leader with regard to compliance with the relevant clean and green and ethical systems of the South African wine industry and the relevant regulatory organisations.
Allocation of funds from Game Reserve Wines
A contribution of R3 from the proceeds of each bottle of Game Reserve wine sold, is made towards Wilderness Foundation Africa’s conservation and education programmes throughout Africa – the benefits of which support biodiversity and cultural, scientific, economic and spiritual values. R2 of each contribution will be spent on general projects while R1 accrues to conservation activities specifically in the Robertson area.
Significant funding has also gone to:
The Pride Project – benefiting some 2 000 previously disadvantaged, primary and senior learners
Wildlife Operations Group – a multi-agency partnership aiming to reduce the incidence and the successful prosecution of wildlife-related crime
Wilderness Foundation Africa’s thrust areas are Species, Spaces and People.