We are privileged to be named a Social Responsibility and an Environment Champion by UK importer, Hallgarten. Find their full article below:
“Few of Hallgarten’s suppliers are as committed to sustainable practices as Lomond. It is an accredited WWF Conservation Champion. It is a member of South Africa’s Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) and the Wine & Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA).
Lomond has been one of the leading lights of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy (WBFC) since 2005. The WBFC has a membership who work together to conserve over 20,000 hectares of threatened lowland Fynbos. Walker Bay, a region of exceptional beauty, lies within the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom (CFK) of South Africa. The CFK is a global biodiversity asset, and is the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms as well as the only one that can be found entirely within one country. It is the most threatened kingdom in the world. It is home to more types of indigenous plants than any similar- sized area on Earth.
Lomond is the first South African Wine Farm to enter into a Conservation Servitude with Fauna and Flora International to ensure the long-term preservation of the critically endangered Elim Ferricrete Fynbos and Overberg Sandstone Fynbos, which occur on the slopes of Ben Lomond. This includes ensuring the conservation of natural biodiversity through proactive conservation management of the site and adjoining area.
With use of renewable sources (solar panels, windmills), Lomond are effectively off grid on the farm outside harvest. During harvest, the peak usage has been 60% on solar, but that is now closer to 80%, with the aim of 90% in the near future as they invest in more effective cooling solutions.
Everything that can be is recycled; skins and aliens are composted; packaging and plastic waste is recycled at the municipality; all tractors are tracked via GPS to ensure no wasted time.
To offset their carbon emissions, Lomond have partnered with Grootbos Foundation to join their carbon credit program.”