Biodiversity and Wine Initiative

Haut Espoir is a member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) which is a partnership between the wine industry and the conservation sector. Established and managed by World Wildlife Fund South Africa, this encourages wine producers to farm sustainably and express the advantages of the Cape’s abundant diversity in their wines.

Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) is a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme established by the South African wine industry in 1998. Compliance with the scheme provides buyers with a guarantee that grape production was undertaken with due consideration of the environment, and that the wine was produced in an environmentally responsible manner and is safe for the consumer.

Our conservation vision

The BWI has two main goals and these are a few examples of Haut Espoir is achieving them:

1.Conserving natural areas of outstanding conservation value.

- fynbos restoration, riverine environment replanted to create a healthy riparian ecosystem

- plant nursery on site

- wetland and bioreator for winery effliuent treatment

- reduction of inputs in winemaking

- alien vegetation clearing and management

- monitoring indigenous species and conserving habitats to ensure biodiversity


2. Promoting sustainable agricultural practices to maintain living and productive landscapes.

- biodynamic practices i.e. no spraying, actively restoring the balance in the land, beneficial cover crops

- organic garden that produces food for our staff, chickens and bees

- Integrated pest management

- energy saving, water-wise production and recycling of materials (building and other) where-ever possible

Here is a great video by Green Renaissance on the BWI which explores the way the programme is implemented on Waverley Hills vineyard.