Environmental Policy

The Simonsig Commitment

Simonsig is committed to managing all aspects of our farming and wine making operations in an environmentally responsible manner.

Simonsig is fully compliant with the Integrated Production of Wine, better known in the industry as IPW, a scheme which guarantees and assures that sustainable production guidelines are followed in the vineyards, as well as in the cellar. One of the goals of IPW is that the production of wine should proceed in harmony with nature, a principle also shared with the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative or BWI.

IPW recommends minimising interference in the vineyards, planting vines in ways to prevent erosion, reducing the amount of sulphur dioxide used in wine production and setting aside a minimum of two hectares of land to preserve biodiversity.

The fynbos habitat is unique to the Western Cape and is part of the 6 plant kingdoms of the world, with more than 12 000 plant species in an area smaller than the United Kingdom.

The Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) is a partnership between the South African wine industry and the nature conservation sector to preserve our indigenous habitat and to contribute to sustainable wine production.

Simonsig has set aside 12 hectares, which is approximately 4% of the total estate, exclusively for the conservation and rehabilitation of the indigenous flora, including renosterveld eco-systems.

Simonsig Cellar has HACCP (Hazzard Analysis Critical Control Point) certification and accreditation. This is a stringent food safety management and hazard prevention programme, which monitors every step during the wine making process. The HACCP system is recognised by governments and regulatory bodies as one that identifies and monitors specific food safety and/or risks. Even though wine is considered relatively safe in terms of food safety, international markets are increasingly demanding safety risk management. HACCP certification holds great advantages for the cellar as it is an efficient system which prevents potential risks for consumers, without relying solely on testing the end product.

Simonsig adopted a comprehensive recycling strategy and use various contractors for the removal of all waste products such as glass, plastic, paper, chemical containers and cellar waste. Simonsig also measure the carbon footprint in conjunction with IPW.

Although Simonsig does not yet make use of light weight glass, biodegradable or recyclable packaging or even PET, we are already researching these possibilities for future use.

Simonsig is a member of WIETA, the Agricultural ethical trade initiative of South Africa. We are also committed to the empowerment of our employees through accredited work skills training programmes.

July 2012