Integrity & Sustainability
Sustainable Wine South Africa (SWSA) is a collaboration between the institutions of the Wine and Spirit Board (WSB), Integrated Production of Wine (IPW), Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), and Wines of South Africa (WOSA).
These organizations promote the implementation of the voluntary commitment of the South African wine industry to produce their wines sustainably and in an environmentally friendly manner.
"Taking into account the impact of our wine cultivation and wine production on the needs of future generations, we not only make better wines, but we also make our wine better." (WOSA 2010)
The sustainability seal on the neck of a South African wine or wine estate brandy is issued by the neutral and independent Wine and Spirit Board. It guarantees the accuracy of information on origin, vintage, and grape variety. At the same time, it is guaranteed that the wine meets the criteria of the IPW sustainability standards.
To verify whether the selected wine is a certified South African original bottling, you can enter the seal number here. Using this number, the wine can be identified from the bottle filling to the vineyard, and the cultivation method can be verified.
If you have specific questions about a wine, please contact SAWIS, who can trace the product back to the vineyard based on their data and documentation.
Further information: The "A" number can be found on every wine label, both for certified and non-certified wines. It provides information about the responsible dealer or importer.
South African wines, even if they do not meet the IPW sustainability standard, can still carry the "Wine of Origin" seal. It guarantees that the information on origin, vintage, and grape variety on the wine label has been verified and is correct.
Further information can be found on the "Sustainable Wines South Africa" website: www.swsa.co.za.