A certification seal appears on each container of wine or estate brandy which has been certified by the Wine and Spirit Board. This seal is a guarantee of origin, vintage and variety as stated on the wine label.

It is also a guarantee that the wine complies with IPW criteria.

To verify information, enter the two unique numbers on the seal:

 
 

If you still have queries, please contact who are able from these two numbers to track the wine all the way to the vineyard(s) from which it originated.

Other information: The 'A' number is found on the label of both certified and uncertified wines, and provides information on the responsible seller.

Any wines not made to the certified IPW standards will continue to use the original Wine of Origin seal.

   

Sustainable Wine South Africa (SWSA) is the alliance between the Wine and Spirit Board (WSB), the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) scheme, the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and Wines of South Africa (WOSA).

Together these organisations are driving the South African wine industry's commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly production.

By considering the consequences of how we grow and make our wine, and thinking ahead for the next generations, we’re not just making better wine – we’re also making wine better.

 
 
 

People often get confused by the terms organic, biodynamic and sustainable.

Sustainability refers to production that is environmentally responsible in a holistic sense. It is about farming for future generations.



Organic wine has been made from organically grown grapes and has met the standard for certification by one of many recognised organic certification agencies, and these can differ from country to country. All organic wine is produced without chemical pesticides or fertilisers. In some countries organic wine must be produced without the added use of sulphites. It is possible for organic farmers to not meet the requirements as set down by IPW if, for instance, they are not handling their waste water correctly or ploughing virgin land without permits.

Biodynamic wine is made and grown on the principles first established by Rudolf Steiner. Biodynamic farming looks at vines as part of an organic living whole.  This includes the influence of the moon and planets, and the entire interdependent ecosystem of wildlife, natural habitat, vineyards and people.