Conservation

Environmental management is a high priority at Zevenwacht, in harmony with viticulture and winemaking and the natural surroundings, we have conserved some 80 hectares of Renosterveld  to the Bottleray Hills Conservancy.  Removal of invasive alien plants and the restoration and maintenance of sensitive water areas is ongoing.  Zevenwacht  has been awarded membership of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative. 
Conservation in Action

Zevenwacht  Biodiversity:

In 2009 Zevenwacht officially became a member of the B.W.I ( Biodiversity & Wine Initiative) which encourages wine-farms and estates to actively manage and conserve  endemic fauna and flora. Together with I.P.W ( Intergrated Production of Wine) guidelines which promotes environmentally friendly production methods as well as land management and vine management methods, we have embarked on a journey which will hopefully see more natural and ‘organic’ methods being adopted in the years to come.  Currently our main area’s of concern are:

  • Soil Health
  • Water Conservation and efficient Water use.
  • Conservation of  rare and endangered species. ( Renosterveld )
  • Protection of Habitats for larger mammals and birds of prey.

 
As it now stands, almost  15% of the farm  Zevenwacht is a protected conservation area, with a diversity of approximately 150-200 species of flora within the 80 hectares of  the Zevenwacht Renosterveld  Conservancy, as well as a host of small mammals, and bird-life.

For more information about Renosterveld and/or the Botterlary Hills conservation initiative please contact the Farm directly or go to www.bottelaryconservancy.co.za
View our Biodiversity & Wine Initiative Certificate

Zevenwacht’s Renosterveld

Zevenwacht, a member of the Bottelary Hills Conservancy, is actively involved in efforts to preserve our natural floral heritage known as Renosterveld, for the enjoyment of future generations. The Renosterveld family forms part of the world famous Cape Floral Kingdom. While not as well known as Fynbos, it is often mistaken for it. One of the main differences between Renosterveld and Fynbos is the fact that Renosterveld grows on nutrient rich soils, while Fynbos is found on higher ground, inhabiting areas with little nutrients. What makes Renosterveld more spectacular are the hidden gems which only flower for short periods during the year  mainly from August to October.

The flowers of this veld type, are truly spectacular and form part of the Capes amazing variety of  bulbs and wild flowers . Zevenwacht has realized that its Renosterveld conservancy is of great importance for the continued conservation and promotion of this amazing  plant family. The fact of the matter is, approximately 70% of the Renosterveld that still exists, occurs on private land.

The Bottelary Hills Conservancy was awarded UNESCO Biodiversity “Hot Spot” status and incorporated into the Boland Biosphere Reserve, which in itself  is regarded as a World Heritage Site.