Unesco’s World Heritage Committee declared the 553,000-hectare Cape Floral Region to be of ‘outstanding universal significance to humanity’ and described it as ‘one of the richest areas for plants in the world’. It’s thanks to this flourishing realm that South Africa (SA) holds the highest level of biodiversity in the world.
No wonder Lauren Smith, managing director of Cavalli Estate, that is set on 100 hectares in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, sees the role of wine estates in SA first and foremost as being custodians of the land. “From concept through to consumption, a love of nature is the point of departure for everything we do. Every design consideration is with the mindfulness of upholding the site and environment, from the establishment of the indigenous gardens and habitat for wildlife to the treatment of scarce water resources,” says Lauren.