Rhino Tears Wine

Rhino Tears Wine

I don’t often post press releases but I thought that this one is definitely worth a mention. Firstly because it is for a very good cause and secondly it is about wine – one of my other favourite topics!

Rhino Tears

 

I recently received two bottles of the Rhino Tears Wine to try. I decided to take the bottles along with us over the Easter weekend, to enjoy while we were away.

Rhino Tears Wine, which launched at the end of 2014, has already raised over R100 000, to be used in the war against rhino poaching, within South Africa’s national parks. The Rhino Tears range of wines, from the Mt Vernon estate in Cape Town, donates proceeds from every bottle sold to Unite Against Poaching, and after selling 8852 bottles since its launch in October 2014, has now contributed the substantial amount to the cause.

The idea for Rhino Tears wine came about when Mt Vernon MD, John Hooper, met with John Turner, Chairman of the SANParks Honorary Rangers Conservation Services Unit, as well as Andre Nel, owner of The Hat & Creek restaurants in Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa. After spending a couple of days with the field rangers at the Kruger Wilderness Experience bush camp in the Kruger National Park, the idea for a wine that could raise money for anti-poaching efforts was developed.

Rhino Tears - Against Rhino Poaching

I have had an inherent love for wildlife and as a child we would be fortunate to spend our holidays in the bush, fishing or in remote locations. The selling and marketing of wine is difficult and competitive, but it is rewarding. When an opportunity arises to mix work with pleasure, I jumped at the chance to give something back and spend time with good people fighting a worthy cause. After discussions developed with the SANParks Honorary Rangers, I had a good idea on how the costs would work, as it was important to be able to develop something in which the ultimate beneficiaries were the rhinos themselves. It was up to me to create a good quality red and white wine, design an attractive and iconic label endorsed by SANParks, and make sure it was in stores, ready to sell before Christmas.  ~ John Hooper

Rhino Tearswine is from the Mt Vernon wine estate in Klapmuts, Cape Town. Hooper realised that he needed to create a good quality wine that wine lovers around the world would appreciate. An important point to consider, though, was selling a wine that people would buy often and could enjoy immediately, as this would mean more for anti-poaching than a wine that would have be stored in a cellar for years before drinking.

Rhino Tears

The result is a good red blend made from Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage grapes that allows for easy drinking and appeals to all levels of palate. The white is a delightful fruit driven Chenin Blanc, suitable for enjoying at all occasions.

Rhino Tears

Rhino Tears wine sells at around R55 per bottle, and R15 from each bottle goes directly to Unite Against Poaching. Wine lovers can be confident that 100% of the funds raised through sales of Rhino Tears are used for anti-poaching projects in SANParks.

Every bottle purchased really makes a difference. The costs of the anti-poaching war is expensive and the men and women involved need all they can get against a ruthless enemy ~ John Hooper

So if you are looking for easy drinking wine for your weekend endeavors, why not support this very worthy cause!

Rhino Tears wine is available for purchase in major retailers around the country, including Pick n Pay, Makro, Tops, Spar, Fruit and Veg City and major independent retailers. It can also ordered online from the MT Vernon Website, SANParks or the Unite Against Rhino Poaching Website.

Photo Credit: Inspired Living SA {© FAR Photography}

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Win a Wine Tourism Handbook

Last month I posted about The KLINK Awards, which have been launched by Wine Tourism South Africa, publishers of the Wine Tourism Handbook, with the objective of inspiring South Africans to explore and enjoy the experiences offered by the country’s winelands.

A panel of industry-related professionals nominated the top five finalists in each of the KLINK Awards’ fourteen categories. Your job was to go to the Wine Tourism South Africa website , Facebook or Twitter pages, see which top wineland spots are amongst the nominees and vote. The full list of categories is available on the website and the winners in each will be announced on the 25th of October.

On the 1st of November the country’s inaugural Wine Tourism South Africa #KLINK Awards will take place in Cape Town. Here the cream of the winelands crop will be recognised for their offerings in various categories – based solely on your experiences, as the consumer and feedback from you, received via email, Facebook and Twitter.

The event will be held at the De Waterkant Centre, headquarters of dhk Architects whose award-winning work has included several wineries such as Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch, Almenkerk in the Elgin Valley and most recently, Mulderbosh in Stellenbosch. Derick Henstra, Executive Chairman of the dhk Group, is also a wine connoisseur who has translated his love for wine into a growing resume of wine boutiques.

 “The #KLINK Awards have given consumers a much-needed voice in determining which wine farms and routes are deserving of recognition based on their own experiences with them.~ Derick Henstra

As a special prize for Super Mom Blog Readers, WTSA have sponsored 5 copies of the Wine Tourism Handbook and still need to find winners for them! What an awesome guide to have while exploring the amazing wine regions of South Africa!

Please leave a comment below this post with your details and tell me what your favourite winelands spot is and you could stand a chance of winning 1 of 5 copies of the Wine Tourism Handbook! Please tweet about it on Twitter – Win a @WineTourismSA handbook on @supermomsablog 0r Post about it on Facebook – Win a @WineTourismSouthAfrica Handbook on @Supermomblog.

I will announce the winners on the 26th October 2012.

The Klink Awards

 

Calling all foodies, wine lovers, outdoor adventurers and wine farm fans! Show your love for South Africa’s winelands by voting for your favourite nominee in the country’s first ever, consumer-driven, interactive wine tourism award – the KLINK Awards.

The KLINK Awards have been launched by Wine Tourism South Africa, publishers of the Wine Tourism Handbook, with the objective of inspiring South Africans to explore and enjoy the experiences offered by the country’s winelands.

Hailed as the ‘Idols’ competition of wine tourism, a panel of industry-related professionals have nominated the top five finalists in each of the KLINK Awards’ fourteen categories. Now it’s up to you to go to the Wine Tourism South Africa website , Facebook or Twitter pages, see which top wineland spots are amongst the nominees and vote. What’s more, those who vote will stand the chance of winning special prizes such as wines, weekends away and restaurant vouchers.

From the 27th of August to the 24th of October you will get the chance to choose who will be crowned champion in not-so-typical categories such as:

  • The ‘Wild Card’ Award for Most Unusual Attraction on a Wine Route;
  • The ‘Family Day Out’ Award for Best Child-Friendly Venue on a Wine Farm;
  • The ‘Tread Gently’ Award for Most Green Wine Farm;
  • The ‘Delicious Deli’ Award for Best Deli on a Wine Farm;
  • The ‘Beyond Expectations’ Award for Great Food and Excellent Value;
  • And the ‘Country Comfort’ Award for Boutique Accommodation on a Wine Estate

The full list of categories is available on the website and the winners in each will be announced on the 25th of October.

Please leave a comment below this post with your details and who you are voting for and you could stand a chance of winning 1 of 5 copies of the Wine Tourism Handbook!

 

To help you vote here are a few of my favourites{Click on the link or button to vote}:

The awards are about celebrating not just the wine made in these regions but also the way in which it is made, the people who make it, the restaurants that pair it and the landscape that gives it birth – all based on the experiences of the consumers themselves. This is a unique concept in that it is a competition for the people by the people,” concludes KLINK Awards and Wine Tourism South Africa Founder, Monika Elias.