Biodiversity & Wine Initiative

The Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) is a pioneering partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector. The goals are to minimise the further loss of threatened natural habitat, and to contribute to sustainable wine production, through the adoption of biodiversity guidelines by the South African wine industry.

One of the strategies of the BWI is to identify and enlist interested producers as members or champions of the initiative, who will implement the biodiversity guidelines, conserve critical ecosystems and incorporate a biodiversity story into their winery experience.

By mid 2009 the total area conserved amongst all the members and champions was 113,127 hectares, which represents more than 100% of the total vineyard footprint in the Cape Winelands.

Look out for the distinctive BWI promotional label on the wines you buy and support conservation in the Cape Winelands.

BWI in Franschhoek

Several Franschhoek wine producers are BWI participants.

BWI Champions:

  • Backsberg
  • Graham Beck Wines
  • La Motte

BWI Members:

  • Boekenhoutskloof
  • Boschendal
  • Fransche Hoek Estate
  • Glenwood Wines
  • Haut Espoir
  • Plaisir de Merle

For more information on BWI visit the BWI website