Integrity and sustainability certified

This seal, launched for the 2010 vintage in South Africa, certifies that the wine has been made in a manner that is respectful to nature and guarantees sustainable wine production.

Sustainable wine – with life!

You can taste the life in our wines because...

  • Nearly all South African wine is grown in an area called the Cape Floral Kingdom
  • There are only six Floral Kingdoms in the world, the Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest and richest of them
  • It is a recognised biodiversity hotspot, with more than 10,000 different species of plants growing there – to mention the birds animals and insects
  • 70% of these plants don't grow anywhere else in the world
  • South Africa's wine producers have embraced the huge responsibility of growing wine in such a special place and are putting vast tracts of land into conservation
  • The wine producers are getting rid of water guzzling alien (foreign) plants, restoring wetlands and rivers

South Africa's Wine and Spirit Board

The seal means that the Wine and Spirit Board, appointed by the Department of Agriculture, certifies that the vintage, variety and regional origin of the wine on the label are correct. It also means that the wine has been produced sustainably, with an earth-friendly approach - the wine can be traced all the way from the vine to the bottle. Finally, it guarantees that the wine was bottled in South Africa and is 100% South African!

To date, over 95% of the South African wine industry has been following sustainable wine-growing and winemaking principles. Because the seal is brand new it will take a couple of years for all South African wines to be certified as sustainable, older vintages will not have the new seal.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

Recently I took part as one of the three judges in a tasting of Chenin Blanc wines from around the world for The World of Fine Wine. This is a high-end wine magazine that's aiming to cover the world's best wines, and in each issue they have reports on a number of focused tastings, and this was one of them.   The good thing about these tastings is that rather than simply produce a group average score (they do this too), they give the scores of each of the three judges. This is interesting because it lets you see where the experienced judges disagree. For me, one of the most interesting things about fine wine is that even experts come to different conclusions, sometimes. In some cases this could be because even the best tasters have off-moments. Tasting blind is tricky and sometimes you just get a wine wrong. But in other cases, experts genuinely disagree. Wine is complex, and even if we try hard, our personal tastes can get in the way when we try to reach a consensus.

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