South Africa’s vineyards are almost entirely located in the Cape Floral Kingdom, a kingdom whose extraordinary floral diversity, density and endemism are among the highest in the world. The smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms, the Cape Floral Kingdom is the only one to reside entirely in a single country.
This biodiversity asset is home to more types of indigenous plants than any similar sized area on Earth, approximately 70% of its 9000 plant species are unique to the Cape. This kingdom exhibits outstanding ecological and biological processes and adaptation to fire and insect seed dispersal and unique plant reproductive strategies, make this region remarkable as well as invaluable to the scientific community.
The Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) is developed by the South African wine industry in partnership with the South African Botanical Society, Conservation International and the Green Trust to help conserve and protect the Cape Floral Kingdom. The BWI protects natural habitats and encourages wine producers to farm sustainably and to exhibit the benefits of the Cape’s abundant diversity in wines. The presence of a sugarbird in an environement is a prominent indicator that an ecosystem in balance, this is reflected on the BWI logo that endorses wine labels that comply with the BWI standards of minimum fynbos allocation amongst the vineyards.
The Drift has long followed the BWI principles. We strive to leave the land in better shape than we found it, to practise agriculture in a sustainable manner and to adhere to our organic principals in everything we do. To join the list of BWI farms is a cool achievement. We will continue to encourage all wine farms in the Western Cape to do so.
More information on the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative is found on their website.