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White, red or rosé - the choice is yours! ©Rhino Tears

Rhino Tears Wine

The Rhino Tears range of wines, from the Mt Vernon Estate in Cape Town, donates proceeds from every bottle sold to be used in the war against rhino poaching within South Africa’s national parks (SANParks). Since their launch in 2014 they have already contributed over R1million to the cause.

The idea for the wine came about when Mt Vernon MD, John Hooper, met with John Turner, Chairman of the SANParks Honorary Rangers Conservation Services Unit, and 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.

Hooper realised that he needed to create a good quality wine that wine lovers around the world could appreciate. However, an important point to consider 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 was stored in a cellar for years before drinking. The result is a good red blend made from shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and pinotage that allows for easy drinking and appeals to all levels of palate. The white is a delightful fruit-driven chenin blanc, suitable for enjoyment at all occasions. The sweet rosé, which is the latest addition to the brand, is a shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, pinotage and chenin blanc blend, with a tropical fruit on the nose and palate.

Rhino Tears wine is available for purchase in major retailers around the country. It can also ordered online. It sells at around ZAR55 per bottle, and ZAR15 from each bottle goes directly to SANParks Honorary Rangers. Wine lovers can be confident that 100% of the funds raised through sales of Rhino Tears are used for anti-poaching projects in SANParks.