A Toast to the Okapi Conservation Project


This month, the Okapi Conservation Project is celebrating 30 years of tireless work to protect the endangered okapi and its habitat in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We named our wine Okapi because we were drawn to the story of the animal, and thought it a lovely symbol of our relationship. The word itself is somewhat abstract, since many people haven’t heard of okapis, and we liked that camouflage for our new brand. Part of the joy of wine is the discovery of something new, especially of something rare that has been around for a long time, undiscovered.

We transformed our Napa Valley jungle into a vineyard ten years ago. In those years, we learned first about farming, then winemaking, and most recently about presenting our finished wines to the world. We have also been privileged to learn about the amazing okapi, our namesake, and meet some of the people who have dedicated their lives to protecting the animals. We discovered how their work has the broader effect of helping to protect the land and forest from illegal exploitation, and the people from the chaos of warring factions vying for power in this troubled part of Africa.

Inspired by their perseverance, and touched by their generosity, we want to honor the people of the Okapi Conservation Project with a gift from everyone who loves Okapi wines. During the month of June, we will donate $30 for every bottle of Okapi Cabernet Sauvignon sold. We ask that buyers make their purchases on our website www.okapiwines.com so that we can easily track every bottle of red wine. Our pledge applies to each vintage available (2012 and 2013), and to everyone buying Cabernet Sauvignon, whether they pay full price or get the club members’ discount.

We’re donating $30 per bottle to celebrate 30 years of important work.