95% of South Africa's wine is produced in the area known as the Cape Floral Kingdom. This is 1 of only 6 such plant kingdoms in the world and, is the smallest, yet most bio diverse areas in the country, sheltering over 10 000 plant species. This is more than the entire fauna and flora habitat of the Northern Hemisphere! The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of 25 recognised biodiversity hotspots, with 70% of the plants found here, and not anywhere else on earth. So conservation is pretty important and at Van Loveren we are proud to do our bit to conserve for future generations.
SOME OF OUR INITIATIVES:
600 ha set aside for conservation, minimizing loss of natural habitat
Alien plant eradication programme
Water-wise management programme
800 solar panels on the winery's roof (about 30% of our energy is 'green')
A Biodiversity Hiking trail educating our visitors
BIODIVERSITY TRAIL INFO
One of the areas we conserve has an incredibly special feature, one of the youngest volcanic pipes in South Africa. It is a melilite pipe, consisting of a fine-grained dark rock with yellow olivine inclusions, and formed about 64 million years ago, around the time the dinosaurs went extinct. This is a rare kind of rock, which originates from beneath the crust of the earth. Geologists speculate that it may be related to a volcanic rock that carries diamonds. None however have been found at Van Loveren. as our meliltite never erupted with lava reaching the surface. This is referred to as an intrusive igneous plug - basically just short of being a proper volcano.