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Graham Beck Wines – Changing the game plan with the game reserve
It was the world-renowned British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough who said, “People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think that animals are worthwhile.”

Greening Cape Wine 2012
In line with the South African wine industry’s position as a world leader in production integrity, Wines of South Africa (WOSA) decided to make Cape Wine 2012 a green event. The team held a brainstorming session to put together a comprehensive green policy and find the best ways to implement it. A professional will be measuring WOSA’s green journey to set a benchmark for future events. Here WOSA documents some of the green steps set in place and the stories around greening the event.

Wines of South Africa launches new sustainability seal and video 
Unveiling its animated video explaining South Africa`s new sustainability seal on wine bottles, Wines of South Africa officially launched its seal on April 21 in the USA at one of New York`s most visible venues and events: Earth Day New York at Grand Central Station, a major indoor fair celebrating Earth Day, and promoting environmental awareness and solutions.

South Africa retains eco-sustainability leadership
South Africa looks set to maintain its eco-focused global leadership in wine, after last year`s launch of the world`s first industry-wide sustainability seal to guarantee the production integrity of its bottled wines.

South Africa scoops wine industry award for marketing 
Wines of South Africa picked up the trophy for Best Consumer Campaign at the Drinks Business 2010 Awards, held during the London International Wine Fair, last week.

SA Wine industry introduces world's first sustainability seal
The South Africa wine industry has launched the world's first sustainability seal as a guarantee of eco-friendly production.

SA Wine industry recognised abroad for ethical practices
As the South African wine industry continues to grow exports despite the global recession, it is also achieving increasing international recognition for its ethical approach to winemaking, says Wines of South Africa (WOSA) CEO Su Birch

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) earns top rating for protecting environment
A major international trade journal with a global readership has rated Wines of South Africa (WOSA) one of the world's most influential beverage organisations in building public awareness of the environment.

Media release: WOSA's diversity positioning to be extended 
South Africa’s positioning on international wine markets that emphasises “variety is in our nature” has been endorsed by key industry players locally and abroad and is to be extended, according to the chief executive of Wines of South Africa (WOSA), Su Birch.

Ten Questions to SA Wine's Woman on the Ground in the UK
Jo Mason joined Wines of South Africa's UK team as Market Manager in January this year. She has years of experience in communicating wine's generic message as it applies to regions and countries, which made Jeanine Wardman all the more adamant in posing ten questions amidst Mason's wall-to-wall itinerary whilst hosting British lifestyle journalists, winelands-style, out here in SA last week.

Jordan Winery announces the Jordan Chameleon Research Bursary
Gary Jordan officially announced the details of the Jordan Chameleon Research Bursary at the launch of the maiden vintage of the Jordan Chameleon Rosé on 17th July 2007, at Den Anker Restaurant, Cape Town. The formation of this bursary was motivated by the recent exciting research carried out at Jordan Winery by scientists from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

Biodiversity and Vines Seminar
The challenge of translating the conservation of biodiversity into a profitable economic activity for wine farmers was the inaugural Biodiversity and Vines Seminar’s primary theme. Sasha Lagrange reports.

Sleep Soundly Chameleon
The speculation that chameleons become entrapped by mechanical grape harvesters and enter into the wine making process has finally been put to rest thanks to the hands-on research conducted on Gary Jordan’s 105 ha Jordan Winery near Stellenbosch by Krystal Tolley and John Measey of the SA National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

All eyes on SA as equivalent of half the national vineyard is set aside for conservation
South Africa’s progressive and innovative Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI), has caught the attention not only of the global wine market but also conservationists worldwide, as well as the growing body of retailers and consumers who are choosing to make eco-friendly purchases a part of everyday shopping.

Chameleons and vineyards in the Western Cape of South Africa 
Is automated grape harvesting a threat to the Cape Dwarf Chameleon
(Bradypodion pumilum)?

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Can we save the planet?
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Cape Winemakers Guild Members Reject Commercial Use of GM Yeast and Vines
Read the CWG’s media release

GM Yeasts
Read this statement from WOSA

Saving the fynbos
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Saving the natural Cape from wine production
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Selling the uniqueness of South African wine
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The biodiversity positioning
Read more about WOSA’s market positioning, ‘Variety is in our Nature’