RENOWNED for its innovation and dynamic forward thinking, Creation Wines in the Walker Bay wine region of South Africa has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence as WWF Conservation Champions. According to co-owner Carolyn Martin, the Creation team is committed to working alongside nature, protecting their natural heritage and preserving the riches for future generations.
“We are truly honoured by this affirmation. With Creation’s roots in both Switzerland and South Africa, it is only fitting that we should be recognised as official champions of this laudable global organisation,” Carolyn remarks.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was founded in 1961 in Switzerland, with the signing of the Morges Manifesto by 16 leading global conservationists. The manifesto stated that while the expertise to protect the world environment existed, the financial support to achieve this protection did not. The intention was to bring support, both financially and in terms of awareness, to worldwide conservation efforts. Since then the WWF has become one of the most recognisable organisations, worldwide.
In 1968 the WWF approached Dr Anton Rupert (a renowned conservationist) to work towards securing South Africa’s wildlife and nature. The Southern African Wildlife Foundation was formed in 1968, renamed WWF South Africa in 1995, and is dedicated to protecting plant species, animal species and people.
“It is a great truth that sustainability requires innovation, and at Creation we applaud the vision of conservation pioneers such as Dr Rupert. To stay at the forefront, we are constantly implementing new ways of maintaining the precious ecological balance on our farm,” says Carolyn. These include armies of wasps and ladybirds as well as owl and bat houses in the vineyards as a natural approach to controlling pests and rodents.
Situated on the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Hermanus, Creation is blessed with magnificent flora and fauna. Various fynbos species such as indigenous Erica and Protea thrive on the farm thanks to cool sea breezes, southerly winds and rich clay soils. Creation is also home to a range of bird species such as the Cape sugarbird, African Crowned Eagle and guinea fowl. The area between the mountains and the sea is one of several important bird areas in the Overberg and is of great conservation significance. Various species of snake, wild buck and the caracal bring balance to the ecosystem.
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