• Chidozie Uzoezie

Hilton Launches Wild Spirit Wines of Africa

Hilton has launched its ‘Wild Spirit Wines of Africa’ Beverage Conservation programme.

In collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in South Africa and Under the Influence, guests can enjoy the best wines and spirits from prolific South African wine farms and spirit distilleries at eleven participating Hilton hotels across Africa and the Indian Ocean (A&IO).

The initiative was born out of Hilton’s ‘Big Five’ commitment launched in 2018, to drive sustainable travel and tourism in Africa. The ‘Big Five’ programme supports the implementation of Youth Opportunity, Water Stewardship, Anti-Human Trafficking, Local Sourcing and Protecting Wildlife on the continent.

The ‘Wild Spirit Wines of Africa’ programme is focused on driving three pivotal elements from the ‘Big Five’ – Local Sourcing, Water Stewardship and Protecting Wildlife.

The selected wine farms and spirit distilleries champion biodynamic and regenerative farming practices, environmental conservation, and protection of water catchment areas that meet the global best standards in sustainable travel and tourism.

The selected champion wine and spirit farms were chosen because of their unique storied history on winemaking, inclusivity, protection of the natural environment and the efficient use of technology to ensure the long-term sustainability of these invaluable lands.

Some of the selected farms include Bosman Family Vineyards, Vondeling Wines, Klein Constantia Estate, Paul Cluver Estate, and Cederberg Wines.

For every bottle of Bosman wine sold, 2% of sales go to the Bosman Adama Community Projects- a communal fund that improves the social, economic, and environmental conditions of their local community. Through their plant improvement facility, they propagate new, healthy vines while cutting nursery supplies. 

Klein Constantia has developed extensive soil erosion plans, with a special focus on sustainable viticultural practices powered by solar energy and has recently signed a 5-year conservation stewardship agreement to formally protect their mountain slopes over and above their commitment to being part of the WWF Conservation Champions programme.

Guests can enjoy the 'Wild Spirit Wines of Africa' list at participating hotels, including Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch, Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone, Hilton Garden Inn Lusaka Society Business Park, Hilton Garden Inn Mbabane, Transcorp Hilton Abuja, and Legend Hotel Lagos Airport.

Other participating hotels are Curio Collection by Hilton, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda Resort & Spa, Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Addis Ababa, and Hilton Sandton.

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