Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cape Vintner Classification (CVC) launched

Cape Vintner Classification (CVC) launched

CVC a project spearheaded by Johann Rupert, can only argurs well for the future of the wine industry, , an independent association aiming to build South Africa’s reputation as a world class wine producer, by promoting the Cape’s distinctive site specific wines, i.e recognition of great terroir.

The association currently consists of 29 privately owned estate wineries,  recognized and acknowledged for their ethical accreditation, from diverse regions, districts and wards, covering Constantia, Durbanville, Elgin, Franschhoek, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Robertson, Stellenbosch and Wellington.

The aim of CVC is to establish a transparent system of recognition and classifications with their members producing good wines with a focus on sound environmental and labor approach.

All members have a minimum of 20 ha of established vineyards or a minimum of 5 ha of these vineyards are established on the same land as the winemaking facility, with a minimum capacity of 100 tons, under direct control of the estate’s management

Members are audited by an independent committee, with a grading system covering their vineyard and winemaking facilities, and have to meet technical specifications, such as cellar door facilities on the same property as their winemaking facilities, are open to public at least 6 days per week, for tasting and purchasing of wines

Currently applicants for membership of the CVC include