With the rise of climate change and changes to our natural world, being sustainable is no longer a choice, but a necessity. Farming sustainably is no longer a nice to have, it is priority, especially if you want to play in the world of luxury wine. Being premium means being for the planet: in this time of shifting weather patterns and rising temperatures, fine wine is being redefined to incorporate responsibility both to the land and to the people who tend it.
What does it mean to be a ‘sustainable’ wine farm?
Sustainable wine farms have a positive impact on all three segments of life: socially, environmentally and economically. These farms have proactive programmes in place to uplift their community, protect the environment and ensure ethical business.
What does it mean to be an ‘eco-friendly’ wine farm?
Eco-friendly wine farms have a positive effect only on one aspect: environmentally. These green, nature conscious or environmentally focused farms guarantee reduced, minimal, or no harm to the planet.
What does it mean to be a ‘carbon-neutral’ wine farm?
Carbon-neutral wine farms are eco-friendly by having a zero carbon footprint. This means that they sequestrate (limit and counter) their CO2 emissions during fermentation and manage their energy consumption responsibly.
Stellenbosch Sustainability Initiatives
Stellenbosch wineries are shifting the way they do business and farm their lands. All of our members do their bit, and we proud to be part of a wine culture that nurtures our people, our land and our planet.
Currently, we have 7 members that are WWF Conservation Champions, all of our members are BWI certified, and we have 10 Fairtrade certified members.
To see what some of our members are doing, click below: