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Whether you’re a winemaker or a fly fisherman, if we follow environmentally responsible practices, we guarantee the future of our planet.
By means of its custodianship and production of the premium Game Reserve range of wines, Rooiberg Winery is making a significant contribution to sustaining the South African wildlife and wilderness treasures in association with the Wilderness Foundation. Rooiberg, the dynamic winery on the R60 highway in the premium Robertson Valley wine-growing area of South Africa, recently added the previously Graham Beck Wines-owned The Game Reserve range to its diverse wine portfolio – thereby continuing the remarkable nature conservation basis established by this neighbouring wine producer, which features an expansive nature reserve on its land.
Committed to conservation
Graham Beck Robertson lies in one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots. Its Robertson estate, Madeba, is situated in a unique transition zone between two distinct ecosystems. It is literally the site where two continents collided millennia ago. This small, yet vitally significant belt of land represents opportunities for the winery to devise pioneering programmes to study, rehabilitate and preserve critically endangered fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and vegetation. Conservation manager Mossie Basson and his dedicated team have devised an extensive conservation management plan and successfully implemented numerous innovative projects such as alien vegetation clearing along the banks of the Vink River, stabilising eroded areas and re-establishing indigenous plant and animal species. They have compiled an extensive database listing these vulnerable species, which other landowners in the area can in turn use to initiate similar programmes. One of the many success stories is to address the habitat destruction of frogs – one of the most endangered groups of animals on the planet and excellent indicators of climate change.
In keeping with Graham Beck’s approach to conservation, it has partnered with the Wilderness Foundation – an internationally recognised environmental organisation. For every bottle of The Game Reserve wine sold, a donation is made to the Wilderness Foundation to fund projects to protect wilderness areas and towards conservation initiatives in southern Africa. Graham Beck Wines was appointed the second BWI (Biodiversity and Wine Initiative) Champion, and is currently one of only a handful of producers in South Africa that can lay claim to this prestigious status.
Savour fine wines while giving back
Supporters of The Game Reserve wines can regard their purchase with pride, knowing that, in addition to buying a premium-quality wine, they are supporting South Africa’s rare ecology in a very real way. These wines remind us that when we follow environmentally responsible practices, whether you are a winemaker or a fly fisherman, we guarantee the future of our planet.