Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) is a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme established by the South African wine industry in 1998. The 2000 vintage was the first to be certified under this scheme. Certification of IPW compliance falls under the jurisdiction of the Wine and Spirit Board (WSB), with a dedicated IPW office responsible for administering the scheme since its promulgation in 1998.
IPW complies with international wine industry environmental sustainability criteria, including the 'Global Wine Sector Environmental Sustainability Principles' as published by the International Federation of Wine and Spirits (FIVS) and the 'OIV. Guidelines for sustainable Viti-viniculture: Production, processing and packaging of products' as published by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).
The production practices on farms and/or cellars of persons joining the scheme are evaluated and audited by the board.
FUNCTIONS OF THE SCHEME FOR THE INTEGRATED PRODUCTION OF WINE (IPW) ARE:
- to serve as a basis for the application of the principles of integrated production in the growing of grapes and the production of wine;
- to regulate the registration of farms where grapes intended for the production of IP wine are grown, and of cellars in which such wine is produced;
- confirm the correctness of indications relating to integrated production which are used in connection with the sale of such wine;
- to establish confidence in such indications when they are thus used.
JOINT, VOLUNTARY SEAL FOR WINE OF ORIGIN (WO) AND IPW
A great advantage for South Africa and a world first.
South Africa will have a visual guarantee, not only for the integrity of origin and/or vintage year and/or cultivar, but also for sustainable production and traceability up to product level.
The Wine and Spirit Board (Board) currently runs two certification systems: Wine of Origin (WO) and Integrated Production of Wine (IPW). For WO a certification seal has been in existence for many a year, but there is no seal for the much younger IPW system for sustainable, environmentally friendly production. After wide consultation it was decided to make an alternative seal, which covers both WO and IPW, available as from the 2010 harvest year.
The existing WO seal, which certifies origin, vintage year and cultivar, will still be available to producers who do not wish to make use of the new seal or who only comply with WO requirements and not IPW requirements. The new seal is an alternative seal, which will certify for both IPW and WO. This means that there will still only be one seal on a container, depending on which aspects are wished to be certified for - only WO (current seal) or both WO and IPW (new seal).