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.

Watch this video for more on integrity and sustainability certified wines from South Africa.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

So, for the third year, I have been involved in judging the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc competition. Judging took place over two days in July. The results are out and make interesting reading. It’s always fun to see which wines made the grade, because the tasting is done totally blind, and we have no idea even which wines entered. In particular, there was one wine which some of the members of the judging panel were keen on, but which I didn’t think was good enough to make the Top 10. So I was really looking forward to finding out which one it was.

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In Jo's glass

I was recently in South Africa for Cape Wine and managed to taste several vintages of the delicious Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia. I usually opt for a sweet wine at the end of a meal instead of a pudding and The Vin de Constance is a perfect way to end a meal. It's rich and opulent with stone fruits, vanilla and a hint of spice yet it is also fresh, balanced and has a long, moreish finish. Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, highly rated both the 2011 and 2012 in his most recent report on South Africa which is available to download for £15 on  

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