Every dog has his day

South African photographer Kim Wolhuter has won The Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species in the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Painted Wolf Wines is a dynamic and innovative South African wine company. We are dedicated to the production of authentic, distinct and delicious wines, and to the conservation of African wild dogs and their natural habitat.

Our Wines

We produce wines with a distinctive South African feel, and to that end focus largely on wines crafted from Chenin Blanc and Pinotage – the two bench mark South African grape varieties, The grapes are sourced from our pack members vineyards, which are low yielding, mostly unirrigated and farmed organically or with minimal non organic inputs.

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Painted Wolves

The “Painted Wolf” (Lycaon Pictus), also known as the African Wild Dog or Painted Dog , is one of Africa’s most fascinating and highly endangered mammals. They have a highly co-operative family social structure and are extremely persistant and effective hunters. They are our inspiration. We support the conservation of this intriguing and beautiful animal with a contribution from every bottle of wine sold and through our communications.

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We are pouring a selection of our wines at the Gauteng Getaway Show this weekend. Pop in if you are in the area. ... See MoreSee Less

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We're going to be at the Gauteng show for the first time ever. Come along and taste some of our new vintages and buy a raffle ticket to win a case of our wine and support the anti-poaching dogs in the Kruger national park. ... See MoreSee Less

Gauteng Getaway Show 2016

September 23, 2016, 10:00am - September 25, 2016, 10:00am

The Gauteng Getaway Show, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz vans, will be held at the Ticketpro Dome from 23 to 25 September 2016! Showcasing over 400 exhibits including travel destinations, accommodation, outdoor gear, 4×4 products and accessories, motor homes, caravans and trailers, camping equipment and adventure operators, there is, without doubt, something for everyone. Thrill seekers are going to love slacklining and abseiling in the new Adventure Area, and, for the less hardcore visitor there’s the new Travel and Taste Theatre featuring local cuisine, wine and beer; a Wine Village with samples and products to buy; and for the even more mellow, a Chill Zone to have coffee and charge your phone. Read more here: www.getaway.co.za/the-getaway-show/gauteng-getaway-show/

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The horrific decline of elephants in Africa is just one indicator of the crisis ......A very well expressed article, well worth a read. ... See MoreSee Less

The Great Elephant census results are out! As expected the results are terrible - about 350000 elephants left and decline of 30%. It echoes what we see here on a daily basis... the despair we feel when more shots are heard and an elephant herd comes racing past. But I feel a growing unease and desperation as more and more signs roll in of the devastation, and frustration that we are missing the point! It isn't about the elephants.. The news is no more terrible than what has happened to lions with only 20,000 left in the world, giraffe, pangolin, african wild dog, and many more big and small. It is happening everywhere to all species and all wild areas. I feel like it is desperate times now. The evidence keeps coming in; are we just going to wring our hands until the next news story comes out. We have to decide that these animals matter - not just as a fringe conservation activity but as a global movement. It is like we can't see the forest for the trees or depths of the declines around us because we are focusing on single species. We react to the lion news and then move on; then the elephants and then move on, then the pangolins. In Mozambique and South Africa , like all countries there are seperate action plans, seperate NGOS, seperate funding for elephant, rhino, wild, cheetah and lion and probably others. The same activities listed in different reports, designed by different people. What if we combined forces, funding, effort, time and skills, and people on the ground and actually starting working on protecting them all - a new paradigm to save all wildlife and wild places because we need them and they deserve their own space.. I don't love one species above the other. I was told I don't love lions enough.. but Niassa with elephants and no lions, is still impoverished, Niassa with lions and no elephants is still less. Niassa without the Mecula Girdled Lizard is still incomplete I am frustrated and tired of having to choose, tired of being put in a box as a lion conservationist... I want it all. We should care deeply about it all. I am not suggesting the Elephant census was not important and that the results aren't devastating - just that we need to move these results from being about a species to being about the crisis and what we as humans want, and what we are going to do about it instead of just wringing out hands. The solutions are the same for all species - antipoaching, alternative livelihoods, conservation friendly development, community benefits and partnerships, reduced trafficking, reduced trade, increased governance, education and outreach, and lots and lots of money! The term - if it pays it stays.. should mean, if we want them in our world, then we pay for them to be there and not expect governments to do so.. if we pay it stays. We pay the communities, for the protected areas, for the antipoaching. The wild places should not have to raise the funds for their own protection. Enough is enough - if we want to have these animals and wild places in our world then we need to pay for it, make it a priority and make it a reality by pooling resources. You can read the report here: whttp://www.greatelephantcensus.com

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