Nedbank Green Wine Awards

A substantial number of Cape producers continue to lead the way globally, actively conserving  part of their land and minimising their agricultural footprint.

The organic route is part of this choice and forms a category in the Nedbank Green Wine Awards. Other categories include the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) and the  Best Farming Practices which assesses and rewards those who are responding to environmental  challenges in meaningful and successful ways.  Since its inception in 2009, the main thrust of the Nedbank Green Wine Awards has been to  reward and elevate the quality of wines made from organically grown grapes, honouring those  wine producers that put our wellbeing and the wellbeing of the planet first.

A total of 150 wines  were judged across two categories (Best wines made from Organically Grown Grapes and Best  Wines from Integrated Production of Wine category), the panel led by internationally renowned  wine judge Fiona McDonald.  Aside from the wines, the Best Farming Practice category remains a key part of the competition  and continues to promote sustainable farming and conservation of the Cape winelands.

This  year saw a change to the award of Best Farming Practice to a nominated award. The award for  Best Farming Practice was bestowed upon a farm that has been voted as the winner by their  fellow peers, through a nomination and motivation process.  Fifteen top achievers were announced at this year’s awards function held on the 15th October  in Cape Town .

Org De Rac La Verne MCC 2012 took top honours in the  Best Wine Overall in the Made from Organically Grown Grapes category (the wine was also the  Bloggers’ Choice Award). Sijnn White 2013 scooped the Best Integrated Production of Wine  Overall (the wine was also the IPW Best White). Wildekrans was named the Best Farming  Practices Overall Winner.  The full results and a competition overview are available in South Africa’s Green Wine Guide  2015, bagged with the November issue of Getaway, which is on sale from 19 October. Results  are also available at greenwineawards.com.  Wine enthusiasts will be able to sample the winning wines from the 2015 Nedbank Green Wine  Awards in Cape Town and Johannesburg in November. More information on these tasting  events can be found at greenwineawards.com/tasting-events .