I wrote a blog post before about biodiversity in the wine industry in South Africa and the role that the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative play. They place a great emphasis on minimising the carbon footprint and preserving the natural heritage of their wine lands.

SWSA – Sustainable Wine South Africa is the alliance between the Wine and Spirit Board (WSB), the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) scheme, the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and Wines of South Africa (WOSA).

Their motto is “It’s not about making better wine, it’s about making wine better”… by considering the consequences of how they grow and make their wine, and thinking ahead for the next generations.

Which is why you will see these seals on bottles of wine and estate brandy produced (and sold) in South Africa.

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This certification seal appears on each container of wine or estate brandy which has been certified by the Wine and Spirit Board guaranteeing the origin, vintage and variety that is stated on the wine label.

This video explains the meaning behind the seal far more succinctly than I could.

A new seal for South African wines, a world first.

 South Africa is leading the way in sustainability in the global wine industry, let’s watch this space and see who follows suit.