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.


Climate change is expected to have a direct impact on South Africa's mean annual temperature and rainfall ranges, influencing pest and disease distributions, flowering and fruiting seasons, and ground water resources. Climate change also has an indirect impact through the growing awareness among consumers and the corresponding demand for carbon-efficient business processes. The agricultural sector is a large source of greenhouse gases (GHGs) through activities such as land-use change, agrochemical application and the use of fossil fuel.

The wine and fruit industry are collaborating to develop an information source on climate change and agriculture issues, a carbon calculator tool for South African fruit and wine producers, exporters and supply chain, and a data capturing resource able to provide valuable benchmarking statistics and trends for the industry. See www.climatefruitandwine.co.za

Increased severity of drought is predicted to be one of the major impacts of climate change to the agricultural sector, and the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) places a great deal of emphasis on the eradication of alien vegetation, which has an extremely negative impact on our water resources. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) global conservation organisation’s WWF-SA has started a water neutrality campaign in the winelands. Water neutrality implies a voluntary process whereby participants seek to quantitatively balance their water use accounts by both reducing their water usage and investing in projects which increase supplies of clean fresh water. See www.wwf.org.za/waterneutral