little guy you see roaming across the pages of this website and
on the Slowine bottle goes by the name of the Common Padloper
call him the Parrot-beaked Tortoise on account of his sharp upper
lip, but he is mostly known by the affectionate Afrikaans term
“Padlopertjie” or “Small Road-walker”.
That’s because he’s often seen cruising down country
endemic to the Cape and particularly likes the Groenland Mountain
– our Green Mountain around which we grow our vines.
Moving with unhurried confidence across the landscape, the Padlopertjie
only breaks into a trot when he senses danger – or when
he is chasing a female! He is the perfect exponent of the Slow
philosophy of doing everything at its appropriate speed.
course, one of his cousins also achieved fame by beating the hare
in a race. The tortoise is living proof that you will get to the
finishing line – and have a good journey – if you
move steadily and at your own pace. For this reason, Slowine has
the Padlopertjie as its mascot. He reminds us to take our time.