Graham Beck Wines joines forces with the Wilderness Foundation


Graham Beck Wines has joined forces with the Wilderness Foundation, an internationally recognized organization dedicated to saving Africa’s wilderness and wildlife. Attached you`ll find a press release to introduce the new partnership, an overview of the Wilderness Foundation as well as the current conservation programs that they are involved in.

 The partnership basically entails that for every bottle of The Game Reserve sold globally, R3 is donated to the Wilderness Foundation. The foundation will, besides adding enormous credibility, assist GBW in increasing the volume and sales through mobilising the conservation minded network partners that they have, across the world, as well as through the association that their chairman (Adrian Gardiner) has with various luxury groups and resorts across the globe (i.e. Mantis Collection, Shamwari Group, Rani Hospitality to name a few) and by doing so, enable the generation of more funds for conservation in Africa. The Wilderness Foundation will also be supporting our conservation initiatives at our Graham Beck Private Nature Reserve and surrounding area and their team will be working closely with Mossie.  

A conservation minded network partner already supporting Wilderness Foundation with donations is SeaWorld/Busch Gardens in Florida where our The Game Reserve range was pitched to them to consider listing at their numerous hospitality establishments and outlets in the US. The initial feedback was very positive and the early indications suggest that a selection of the range will be listed.

 We have designed a special neck tag which is now being applied to every The Game Reserve bottle to introduce the new partnership and to entice the public to buy and support conservation. The key message on these tags are:

Share in our passion for the planet

By purchasing this bottle of wine you’re pledging your support for the conservation efforts of Graham Beck Wines and the Wilderness Foundation, a unique collaborative initiative to protect our precious natural heritage.

For every bottle sold a contribution is made towards the Wilderness Foundation`s conservation & education programs throughout Africa, the benefits of which support biodiversity and cultural, scientific, economic and spiritual values.

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Graham Beck Wines and the Wilderness Foundation join hands

Graham Beck Wines and the Wilderness Foundation join hands to protect and preserve our unique natural heritage.

12 November 2013  by Graham Beck
Just as in wine, our fragile ecosystem is wholly dependent on balance, harmony, continuity and longevity. It truly is the case of ‘the sum of the parts’ when it comes to farming sustainably and responsibly. When we practice environmentally responsible viticulture and winemaking we not only ensure the quality of our product, we guarantee the future of our planet.

Working in concert with ecology is not just a healthy philosophy; it’s a strategy that makes good business sense. This is why we at Graham Beck Wines are thrilled to announce the genesis of a unique partnership between ourselves and the Wilderness Foundation. This groundbreaking initiative sees one of South Africa’s leading wine industry biodiversity and sustainability champions joining forces with an internationally recognized organization dedicated to saving Africa’s wilderness and wildlife.
The vision for the Wilderness Foundation was first conceived by Dr Ian Player (international conservationist) and the late Magqubu Ntombela (a Zulu tribal chief and renowned conservationist), in the Mfolosi Game Reserve in 1959. The Foundation was officially registered by Dr Player in 1972 as a South African non-profit organization headquartered in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.
It was the first organization in Africa dedicated to providing a pure wilderness experience for people of all backgrounds, races and nationalities. During the troubled days of apartheid, the multi-racial education and experiential programme spawned a global network of conservationists from all sectors of life who are committed to preserving Africa’s precious natural heritage.
After 28 years of heading up the Wilderness Foundation, Dr Player handed over the reins to his mentee and fellow conservationist, Andrew Muir in 2000. Muir has expanded the organisation’s influence through holistic social intervention strategies, incorporating a powerful conservation ethos into successful social projects targeted specifically at vulnerable youth. The Foundation is built on the values of: respect for all living things; a passion for conservation and education; integrity and transparency; sustainability and innovation.
Recognising that the protection of South Africa’s unique wilderness areas and natural splendour is dependent on socio-political and economic conditions within society, the Wilderness Foundation takes a holistic approach to conservation. Focusing on four main programme areas (Conservation; Social Intervention; Experiential Education and Advocacy & Awareness), the Foundation creates opportunities to encourage, plan and protect wild lands and wilderness, uplift the knowledge and lives of citizens and stimulate a culture of environmental awareness amongst current and future leaders.
The exceptional synergy between The Foundation’s ethos and that of Graham Beck’s well established and far reaching conservation and social upliftment projects makes a partnership between these two dynamic entities a very powerful and successful vehicle for permanent change and long lasting results.
We have always believed that farming in harmony with nature ensures we at Graham Beck Wines are making significant strides in protecting our precious natural heritage. Our Private Nature Reserve in Robertson is the heart of our environmental conservation drive. Each wine in The Game Reserve range celebrates the unique indigenous animal and plant species nurtured within this haven of biodiversity.
For every bottle sold a contribution is made towards the Wilderness Foundation`s conservation & education programs throughout Africa, the benefits of which support biodiversity and cultural, scientific, economic and spiritual values.
The Game Reserve range of wines symbolizes our unwavering commitment to restoring balance. The symbiosis between our wines, our people and the earth is the golden thread which runs throughout all our actions. Leaving a lasting legacy for tomorrow means we’re duty bound to take fundamental and far-reaching steps today – a responsibility we’re deeply passionate about.
This extraordinary and unique range comprises nine single varietal wines, each offering wine lovers an authentic expression of the cultivar and unlimited drinking pleasure. Versatile and rewarding, these meticulously crafted wines display a wide variety of attractive characteristics, catering to a broad spectrum of tastes – truly delivering a wine for every palate and any occasion. They are also superb food wines, promising a seamless match for an endless array of delectable dishes.
It is our hope that this groundbreaking partnership and these wines will inspire you to join us in our quest to nurture, heal and protect our remarkable natural treasures. Join fellow wine lovers around the globe, as we become conscious, conscientious and caring consumers.


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Wine grape harvest smaller, but promising!

06 November 2013  by VinPro
The South African wine industry can look forward to a good, but smaller 2014 wine grape harvest than the record harvest obtained this year.
This according to a preliminary District Conditions: October2013 report released by Sawis (South African Wine Information and Systems), in collaboration with VinPro, the representative organisation for wine producers and cellars.
“We experienced a very good winter with sufficient cold weather and higher than average rainfall, which guaranteed favourable bud burst and resulted in large catchment and farm dams being full,” said Francois Viljoen, consultation service manager at VinPro.
Soil water content is also at full capacity, which bodes well for the season going forward.
Bud burst during spring was initially even; however a very cold, wet September – and extremely cold weather at the end of the month – resulted in later vineyards experiencing uneven budding. Bud burst was generally 7 to 10 days later than normal.
According to Viljoen, initial growth was slow due to the cold conditions and low temperatures in October, which was unusual for this time of the month. In many instances spraying programmes were delayed, with tractor access to vineyards being hampered by excessively wet soils. At the same time, snail populations appear to be a problem in some areas.
“It seems as though vineyard plantings are experiencing a revival and fewer vineyards are being uprooted; however a decreasing trend in total vineyard area over the past few years may still have a limiting effect on production,” he said.
Considerable frost damage along the Orange River during the last weekend in September will also have a substantial effect on this region’s wine grape harvest.
“Judging from the 2013 post-harvest period, the winter season, as well as the uprooting and planting trends in the regions, the crop is expected to be smaller than the record 2013 crop, but in most regions the seasonal conditions will nevertheless result in a good crop. However, the important flower and set period is still underway, and many variables, including climate, may have an influence on these preliminary observations during the next few months up until harvest time,” said Viljoen.
The full report, which provides an overview of the season and harvest expectations per district, can be downloaded from the Sawis website at
For more information, contact Jana Loots at tel 021 863 1027 or e-mail

Grande Roche Hotel to host its Bubbly & Braai this November

Grande Roche Hotel’s Bubbly and Braai on Saturday, 23 November is a culinary innovation that sees Chef Roland Gorgosilich and his team step out of the kitchen into the beautifully manicured Grande Roche Hotel gardens to create a sumptuous feast of seafood, succulent steaks and much more.


Here the South African tradition of braaing is toasted with some of the best South African Méthode Champenoise wines – an unusual and trend-setting food and wine pairing. It’s an evening of fun and celebration on the lawns of the Grande Roche Hotel Manor House, where guests can raise a glass to toast the arrival of summer and enjoy different culinary combinations with some of South Africa’s best sparkling wines.
Guests will be introduced to the superb wine making skills of Graham Beck Wines, House of Krone, Charles Fox Cap Classic Wine Estate and Bosman Family Vineyard as they tuck into delicious treats from the braai. Expect prawns skewers, oysters done in their shells, rib eye steaks grilled to perfection and other tasty delights accompanied by a range of unusual salads and deliciously different side dishes. The evening will be both informal and informative as guests get the opportunity to the meet the wine makers while enjoying the finely crafted sparkling wines.
Bubblies have always been associated with celebrations and with Grande Roche Hotel now in its 21st year since opening, Bubbly and Braai is the perfect opportunity to toast this achievement.
Date: Saturday 23 November 2013
Venue: Grande Roche Hotel, Plantasie Street, Paarl
Time: 19:00
It costs R420 per person (food and wine included). To book, phone 021 863 5100 or email

Wine industry snatches up Cape Winemakers Guild protégés

01 November 2013  by  Cape Winemakers Guild
The impact of the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme on transformation in the wine industry is beginning to bear fruit with no less than four graduates in full time winemaking positions in just seven years.

Just back from France where she and fellow Guild Protégé, Heinrich Kulsen, spent almost a month in the vineyards and cellars of famous French domaines as part of the Western Cape Burgundy Exchange Programme, Elmarie has already joined the winemaking team at Die Bergkelder.

Heinrich who still has a year to go before graduating from the Protégé Programme, will be swapping Villiera, where he has spent a year working with Guild Chairman Jeff Grier, with Hermanuspietersfontein and winemaker Barto Eksteen.

Last year’s graduates, Tamsyn Jeftha and Sacha Claasen are both in full time positions as assistant winemakers at Hartenberg Estate and Asara Wines respectively, while Praisy Dlamini, the Guild’s first female protégé has moved from Die Bergkelder to the all-woman Zonnebloem winemaking team.

Elmarie and Heinrich, the first Protégés to take part in the Western Cape Burgundy Exchange Programme this year, both consider their experience priceless. Besides a 2-week stint at the Centre of Vocational Training and Agricultural Promotion (CFPPA) in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, they visited various Premier Cru and Grand Cru parcels before working in the vineyards and cellars during harvest time at their designated domaines. Elmarie was seconded to Courgis in Chablis, whilst Heinrich worked in Premeaux.

Working with well-known Chablis winemaker, Thomas Pico, has had a profound effect on Elmarie, who fell in love with his winemaking philosophy: “It is about putting what nature gives you in a bottle. The winemaker is the smallest factor in producing the wine; it is mainly about your grapes and terroir.”

For Heinrich the experience, which opened his eyes to a different world, has been a revelation as a South African: “Although we are a fairly young wine producing country compared to Burgundy, I think we are evolving quickly and producing world class wines already.”

Sponsored by the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust since 2006, the Protégé Programme is a three year internship programme which seeks to transform the wine industry by cultivating and nurturing promising individuals to become winemakers of excellence.  The Protégés are mentored by members of the Guild who provide them with essential hands-on skills and experience.            

For more information on the Cape Winemakers Guild, contact Tel: 021 852 0408 or send an email to Follow @CapeWinemakersG on Twitter. Students interested in applying for the Protégé Programme can visit the Guild’s website at