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Walks for Wine

August 10, 2012

I’m always interested in initiatives which support our local area, and here’s a good one involving improving the environment which is supported by some of top local wine producers.

The Schapenberg Sir Lowry’s Conservancy offers guided Biodiversity and Wine Walks (Walks for Wine) in the Helderberg basin on the Schapenberg Hills in the Somerset West, Sir Lowry’s Pass vicinity, which is just up the road from us at Penny Lane Lodge.

The aim of Walks for Wine is to raise funds to restore and preserve the land identified by the City of Cape Town as biodiversity corridors which include about 5 km along the banks of the Sir Lowry’s Pass River.  The walks are guided and provide an insight into the importance of the corridors. Wine tasting is offered at participating wineries and the funds raised from the walks will go towards restoring and preserving the endangered land identified by the City as Critical Irreplaceable Biodiversity areas.

The wine farms involved are Waterkloof, Onderkloof, Journey’s End, Wedderwill, and Da Capo together with other landowners, such as Mount Rozier, Highberry, Myrtle Grove and Ravensberg, over whose properties the walks traverse. Wedderwill and Waterkloof are Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) champions and other landowners are applying for BWI membership. Local equestrian centres offer horse trails.

Walks for Wine have been awarded green flag status, which means that the walks have acquired high accreditation by the Hiking Organisation of South Africa (HOSA). See www.trailinfo.co.za for details.

“Slackpacking – a guide to South Africa’s top leisure trails”, by Fiona McIntosh has included Walks for Wine in its latest edition. Visit http://www.Kalahari.net for a copy.

The project has been endorsed by the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative’s Inga Kotze, Pat Holmes of the City of Cape Town, Barbara Court of the Sir Lowry’s Pass Tourism Initiative, Dave McDonald of the Helderberg Conservation Forum and Cape Town Tourism who will all give practical support.

The next walk is this Saturday and is entitled: “Where Leopards Wander”. This guided walk will start at Wedderwill winery in Sir Lowry’s Pass. The walk will meander along the Hottentots Holland lower slopes above Wedderwill and DaCapo where leopard have been spotted, with scenic views over False Bay. On return, wine tasting will be available at Wedderwill winery and Da Capo (Idiom wines).

The cost is R150 – all proceeds go to the preservation of the natural environment within the Schapenberg Sir Lowry’s Conservancy.

For further information conact Di:
Cell 082 462 3624
email: info@walksfor wine.co.za
www.walksforwine.co.za

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