Franschhoek Wine Valley

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

Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.

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