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Sustainable Wine South Africa

An association (abbreviation SWSA) of four institutions founded in 2010 related to the production of wine in South Africa, The Wine and Spirit Board (WSB) is the state control body for the analytical and organoleptic testing of quality wines with guaranteed origin. Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) is a 1998 catalog of guidelines regarding KIP (Controlled Integrated Production) in viticulture. The Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) is a South African initiative based on the worldwide conservation organization World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) with the aim of preventing further habitat loss and maintaining biodiversity. Wines of South Africa (WoSA) is an association of around 500 South African wine producers who export their products. The SWSA has the objective of sustainable, environmentally friendly production of wines.

The well-known and still used black and white Wine-of-Origin quality seal "Certified Gesertifiseer" introduced by the Wine and Spirit Board guarantees the following:

  • the details of the vintage, variety (s) and origin on the label are correct
  • production is traceable from the bottle to the vine
  • the wine was bottled in South Africa

The new green-colored certification seal "Integrity & Sustainability" introduced in the 2010 vintage is not mandatory. When certifying a wine, this also guarantees that the wine has been grown and produced sustainably (environmentally friendly) (KIP). In this case, the black and white seal is not necessary, since the green seal also contains or guarantees the three criteria mentioned above.

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