Integrated Production Of Wine (IPW)
Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) is a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme, established by the South African wine industry in 1998. It is a scheme that keeps our producers on their toes, and their eyes on preserving the nature on their estates and treating their workers fairly.
The 2000 vintage was the first to be certified under this scheme. Certification of IPW compliance falls under the jurisdiction of the Wine and Spirit Board (WSB), with a dedicated IPW office responsible for administering the scheme since its promulgation in 1998.
IPW complies with international wine industry environmental sustainability criteria, including the ‘Global Wine Sector Environmental Sustainability Principles’ as published by the International Federation of Wine and Spirits (FIVS) and the ‘OIV Guidelines for sustainable Viti-viniculture: Production, processing and packaging of products’ as published by the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV).
The production practices on farms and/or cellars of persons joining the scheme are evaluated and audited by the board. Since 2009 the wineries that are also IPW accredited, receive a different wine of origin seal for their bottled wines. This is a very exciting element of our wines as we are the only country in the world that audits our producers so rigorously on their sustainability practices.