If you were to visit the winelands today, it would not be unusual to find ducks and geese foraging for snails, horse-drawn ploughs working the land, more indigenous than alien plant life, and farms with conservation educational programmes.

To acknowledge how far wine producers have come in terms of conserving the land while making greener, better wines, the Nedbank Green Wine Awards were launched in 2009.

No matter your taste in wine, whether you prefer a crisp Sauvignon or a spicy, full-bodied Shiraz, if you care about the environment, you’ll be interested in these ‘green’ wines and the producers that go the extra mile to farm for the future.

See the 2014 BWI winners here ›
See the 2014 Organic winners here ›
See the 2014 winners of the Best Farming Practice award here ›

Entries for the 2015 Nedbank Green Wine Awards are now closed.

Let us know if you would like to be notified in advance about next year’s competition.


Organically Grown GrapesView all winners »

Biodiversity & Wine InitiativeView all winners »

Best Farming PracticeView all winners »

  • Best (sustainable) contribution to tourism, Best contribution to community development, Overall Winner of best farming practices
  • Runner Up Overall Winner Best Practices
  • Best contribution to farming practices and production integrity
  • Best contribution to conservation




Written as a percentage by volume and always visible on the back label of any wine bottle.

Total acidity

A measure of all types of acidity within a wine in grams per litre.

Residual sugar

Measured in grams per litre, referring to the sugar remaining in the final wine after fermentation.


A measure on a scale from zero to 14 of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution, where seven is neutral.

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Christian Eedes

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Nomonde Kubheka

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François Rautenbach

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Winnie Bowman

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Star Ratings
5 Stars

Superlative wine, top class, a masterpiece

4 Stars

Excellent, wine of distinction (4-and-a-half stars is on the cusp of 5 stars)

3 Stars

Good (3 stars) to very good (3-and-a-half stars). Fine character and style

2 Stars

Average, appealing

1 Stars

Acceptable, ordinary

Half Star

Half a star, as in 2-and-a-half stars, 3-and-a-half stars, 4-and-a-half stars