ENVIRONMENT: New Status For Nederburg Wine Farms
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Nederburg Wines has been granted Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) membership as a result of the eco-sustainability projects undertaken by Nederburg Wine Farms - a group of four farms - as well as the conservation efforts of one of its major suppliers. In order to earn BWI accreditation, the winery needed to have a minimum of five farms complying with the conservation measures outlined by the organisation that forms part of WWF.
Nederburg, with a capacity to crush 20 000 tons of grapes annually, is not only one of South Africa’s leading wine brands but also exports worldwide.
While the winery has established long-standing relationships with growers across the Cape to source top quality fruit, close to half the grapes used to make Nederburg wines come from its own farms. These are Nederburg itself, located near Paarl; Groenhof in the Koelenhof area of Stellenbosch; Plaisir de Merle in Simondium; and Papkuilsfontein, a dryland farm near Darling. The latter two already have BWI status for setting aside 500 hectares and 150 hectares respectively for conservation. The supplier farm is also based in Darling and has been BWI-accredited for returning tracts of the farm to indigenous habitat.
According to Hannes van Rensburg, group manager of Nederburg Wine Farms, all other suppliers to Nederburg are Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) accredited. “The supply chain has been thoroughly investigated and checked, and based on the collective efforts of our own farms and those of our suppliers, Nederburg has now been admitted as a member of BWI.”
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