SA winemakers adopt more holistic approach

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Cape Town - South African winemakers and viticulturists are increasingly committed to a holistic wine growing approach: nurturing the soil, respecting the ecosystem and working with nature to reduce effects on the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest yet richest plant kingdom on earth which boasts an astounding biodiversity of plant and animal life.

According to Wines of South Africa (Wosa), producers are extremely conservation conscious. In just over a decade, they have set aside nearly 144 000 hectares as conservation land, and committed to restoring it back to its original pristine nature.

Guidelines on sustainability were introduced as early as 1998 with over 95% of the growers and cellars stick to the guidelines. Since 1974, the Wine of Origin scheme guarantees the information on the label that states where the grapes came from, the vintage year and the variety or varieties.

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