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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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Very sad to hear about the death of the Lower Sabie pack to canine distemper. What a tragic loss. ... See MoreSee Less

Wild Dog pack succumb to Canine Distemper The Kruger National Park (KNP) lost a pack of African Wild dogs, known as the Lower Sabie pack from a disease called Canine Distemper, towards the weekend of 21-22 May 2016. The disease commonly affects domestic dogs and can also spill over to the wildlife such as the African wild dogs, hyenas, lions and jackals. The virus often circulates in wildlife without clinical signs or mortalities, as has been the case in KNP for many years. The exact source of the particular virus which affected this pack of wild dogs is not certain, but could have been due to contact with a feral dog or one of the other wildlife species infected by the disease. “The strain of the disease varies and this strain which cost our Wild dogs’ lives appears to be particularly extreme. African wild dog packs do not often make contact with each other; therefore chances of other packs of dogs in the southern KNP becoming infected by this pack are very small however we remain alert. Such cases have shown that 100% mortality can occur if it infects a particular pack of wild dogs – e.g. Tswalu Desert Reserve also recently lost an entire pack to Distemper disease.”, said the GM: Veterinary Wildlife Services, Dr Markus Hofmeyr. A joint investigation by both SANParks and State Veterinarians on various options of managing the situation such as increased monitoring of all other packs in the area and the possibility of targeted vaccination of adult wild dogs is underway. The disease has to date only affected one pack in the park. “The long-term solution to the problem is frequent vaccination of domestic dogs around conservation areas and we advise the public especially those in local communities bordering the Park to stick to routine vaccination of their domestic dogs as this assists us as well”, advised Hofmeyr. Posters will be placed at strategic places inside the Park, with contact details to report any African wild dog sightings, so that guests can also assist management with the monitoring of the health status of wild dogs in the KNP. Ends Issued by South African National Parks: Kruger National Park - Communications & Marketing Department Media enquiries: William Mabasa, SANParks Acting Head of Communications/GM: Communications & Marketing, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

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#africaday - a day to reflect on all that is good and inspiring and all the wonderful inhabitants (human and non-human) that call this great continent home. ... See MoreSee Less

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Pool closed until further notice :) Hippo pool :) Photo by Amanda Peake

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It's pup season! A pair of newly minted wild dogs emerge from the den ... See MoreSee Less

Few things match the feeling of seeing wild dog pups venture out of their den site for one of their first forays into the open. Photo taken an hour ago at the den.

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What are you up to this Friday? Join us for a delicious food and wine festival at Holy Rosary School. ... See MoreSee Less

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Find Amanda next weekend, she will be equipped with wine to reward you if you do ... See MoreSee Less

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A bit of puppy sunshine to warm up your Sunday! ... See MoreSee Less

Soon we will be seeing plenty of this in Savé Valley Conservancy! We are just starting to find the first few African wild dogs dens, and we CANNOT wait to welcome the new pups to the conservancy :)

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Are you ready for a lovely Winter afternoon out in the Magaliesburg?

We will be there, pouring our delicious wines and hoping to see you.
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Cellar Rats Autumn Wine Festival

May 29, 2016, 11:00am - May 29, 2016, 8:00am

Previously known as the Port & Red Wine Festival, the name has changed to the Autumn Wine Festival so we can include all styles of wine … red, white, sweeties & bubblies … Just like our famous Spring Festival, but 4 months earlier! This is an outdoor festival, held on a large country estate near the town of Magaliesburg, approximately 40 minutes from Johannesburg. It is picturesque, with expanses of lawn, and a river to stroll along. Sunday 29th May - 11.00am to 3.00pm at “The Old Mill” (opp. Happy Acres, Magaliesburg) • Adult Taster: R115 at Computicket or R130 at the entrance (includes complimentary tasting glass) • Children Entrance Fee: R10 (from 3 yrs) • Designated Drivers get in free Take pleasure in tasting South Africa’s best wines in a tranquil outdoor setting - Enjoy wine as it was meant to be! - Reds, Whites, Bubblies, Ports & more … More than 80 wine producers will present in excess of 400 wines for your enjoyment. Tickets from Computicket: online.computicket.com/web/event/cellar_rats_autumn_wine_festival/1013897078/0/71475010

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