Planet, people, purpose
: CAPE WINE 2015

In line with our position as global leaders in sustainable and ethical production, Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is aiming to make Cape Wine not only a green sustainable event but extend this into the upliftment of previously disadvantages communities. Our aim is to reduce, re-use and recycle wherever we can. This extends to innovative stands, built of recycled materials, which will be flat-packed after the show for wineries to use again. Delegates will also be able to contribute through various carbon offset options at the show and via the Cape Wine website, helping our efforts every step of the way.  We will be looking in all avenues whereby we can support South African produced products and local communities to produce the necessary special items that make South Africa such a unique place and Cape Wine a truly unique experience.

CAPE WINE 2012 was the first ever Green Show and we received acknowledgment for our efforts at the Drink Business Green Awards in 2013.  We have chosen to build on this concept with the inclusion of social and ethical practices in and around the creation and promotion of this event. 

Please find the CAPE WINE 2012 – Green Evaluation Report below for your perusal:

Independent Evaluation of the Success of Cape Wine in implementing a Green Policy


The South African wine industry is a world leader in sustainable production. Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is continually striving to integrate sustainable practices into all aspects of its working environment, and taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint and ecological impact.


  • Have Cape Wine be an event whereby there is as minimal environmental impact as possible.
  • Encourage carbon off-setting by visitors for their flights and travel.
  • Recycle all aspects post show from bottles to corks.
  • Aim to create growth and job development to previously disadvantaged companies/persons through the selection of procurement of merchandise, marketing materials, services and printing.
  • Challenge all areas of reducing carbon emissions through reduction and optimal usage of transport during the week of Cape Wine
  • Use recyclable paper and other materials in the production of marketing materials and minimise printing where possible.
  • Use a venue for the event which adheres to the key objectives of reduce-reuse-recycle
  • Highlight the strengths of the South African wine industry around sustainably and ethical practices through the promotion of: WIETA, Fairtrade, Fair for Life and Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI)



Platbos Reforestation Project


Just two hours outside of Cape Town lies Africa's southern-most indigenous forest -- the Platbos Forest. Like many natural forests around the world, parts of this unique ecosystem have been cleared in the past century to make space for agricultural cultivation. Today, many bare areas are being claimed by dense invasive alien vegetation, which stifles indigenous growth and poses a serious fire risk to the whole forest.

In response to this issue, the custodians of the forest have begun to clear away the alien vegetation and, as a partner of the Platbos Forest Reserve, local NGO Greenpop annually plants thousands of endemic indigenous trees to start the process of rejuvenating and “re-growing” this forest and the biodiversity which it supports. To date, over 25000 trees have been planted through the sponsorship of countless supporters. 

It's a treevolution! Get involved.