WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected natural conservation organisations. With over 5 million supporters and a global network spanning more than 100 countries, their goal is to alleviate the degradation of the environment and to build a sustainable future in which humans and nature live in harmony.
WWF-SA plays an active role in the Cape Winelands. Wineries that comply to the criteria are rewarded with a WWF-SA stamp of approval, making them an official Conservation Champion. Besides earning bragging rights, this seal speaks of a producer’s dedication to conservation, responsible production practices and innovative thinking when it comes to sustainable farming.
It’s easier to drink ECO than you think. The WWF-SA Conservation Champions farms are not only producing greatly awarded wines but consist of estates with rich heritage stories that offer fabulous eco-tourism activities.
Why choose a Conservation Champion wine farm?
Most people don’t realise the impact that agriculture has on the natural ecosystems that lived off the land before it was cleared for farming. Conservation Champions are the wineries that have decided to take responsibility for the environment they have chosen to farm in. The WWF-SA Conservation Champion seal acknowledges their commitment to conservation, responsible production practices and spearheading innovations in water, energy efficiency and climate adaptation.
How to spot a WWF-SA Conservation Champion wine:
Wines that are made on these sustainable farms carry the WWF-SA Conservation Champion seal of approval. Be on the lookout for the striking Sugarbird and Protea logo below. You can enjoy wines with this sticker knowing that you are supporting a farm and initiative that are committed to conserving our beautiful natural heritage and are farming in the most sustainable manner.
Where do I find a WWF-SA Conservation Champion winery?
WWF-SA has created a free mobile app, The Champion Wine Farm Guide, to assist eco-warriors in their pursuit to sip sustainably. In addition to a list of farms that have earned the WWF-SA Conservation Champions seal of approval, the app’s key features include:
- A “Near me now’’ button which tells you how far it is to the closest eco-friendly wine farm
- An indication of which outdoor activities are available including mountain bike and hiking trails
- Special offers and on-farm promotions
So which farms are on this list?
There are 38 wine farms listed on the app, of which Cybercellar.com stocks several.
- Almenkerk Wine Estate, Elgin
- Backsberg, Paarl
- Bartinney Wines, Stellenbosch
- Boschendal, Franschhoek
- Bouchard Finlayson, Hermanus
- Cederberg Private Cellar, Clanwilliam
- Cloof Wine Estate, Darling
- De Wetshof Wine Estate, Robertson
- Delheim Wines, Robertson
- Gabrielskloof, Bot Rivier
- Graham Beck Wines, Robertson
- Groot Constantia, Constantia
- Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Hermanus
- Hidden Valley Wines, Stellenbosch
- Klein Constantia, Constantia
- Kloovenburg, Riebeek-Kasteel
- Koelfontein, Ceres
- La Motte, Franschhoek
- Lourensford Wines, Somerset West
- Merwida Wines, Rawsonville
- Neethlingshof Estate, Stellenbosch
- Oak Valley Wines, Elgin
- Paul Cluver Wines, Grabouw
- Plaisir de Merle, Franschhoek
- Robert Stanford Estate, Stanford
- Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch
- Schalkenbosch Wines, Tulbagh
- Spier, Stellenbosch
- Uitkyk Wines, Stellenbosch
- Vergelegen Wines, Somerset West
- Vondeling & Bowwood, Wellington
- Waterford Estate, Stellenbosch
- Waterkloof Wines, Somerset West
- Waverley Hill Organic Wines, Tulbagh
- Wedderwill Wines, Somerset West
- Wildekrans Wines, Bot Rivier