Raise your glass to conservationists in South Africa. With vintners and vineyards across the country, they’ve made the region’s world-class wine even more refined.
A combination of fertile soil and healthy climate makes South Africa home to the ninth largest wine industry in the world. In many cases, the area’s vineyards share land in the Cape Floristic Biodiversity Hotspot with habitats that shelter some of the last remaining individuals of species found nowhere else in the world.
We are in South Africa working directly with conservation-minded wineries to curb the loss of threatened natural habitat and to ensure that wine production doesn’t destroy the land. The Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) helps guide the sustainable management of vineyard land and produce barrel after barrel of environmentally friendly wine.
In three short years, we have protected more than 100,000 acres of sensitive land in South Africa through this initiative and with key support from the CI-administered Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.
Today, the buzz is catching on. Membership is growing and more companies are setting aside portions of their farms for contractual reserves. Many vintners involved in the initiative now offer visitors hiking trails, guided walks through natural habitat, bird hides and "biodiversity and wine" tourism routes. With our partners, we are expanding the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative across additional regions of South Africa.
For a list of BWI-approved wines, visit www.bwi.co.za