Agricultural Ethical Trade Initiative (WIETA)
Oldenburg Vineyards received full WIETA certification status and became a certified member in 2014, confirming our commitment to our staff members to share the benefits that prevail from ‘best practice’. It is important to us that those that work on the farm, their families and our local community grow and benefit from the journey that is Oldenburg Vineyards. WIETA provides a baseline or foundation for our approach.
WIETA is a multi-stakeholder, non-profit voluntary organisation which actively promotes ethical trade in the wine industry value chain through training, technical assessment and audits to assess members’ compliance with its code of good practice. Stakeholders include producers, retailers, trade unions, non-governmental organisations and the government.
WIETA was formally established in November 2002. The association arose out of an Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) pilot project in the wine industry in the late 90’s. The pilot not only assisted the ETI, its retail corporate members and South African partners in learning about, developing and refining inspection methodologies in monitoring their base code, but was also instrumental in bringing together private sector, labour and civil society stakeholders in and associated with the wine industry of the Western Cape to discuss and debate issues around ethical trade.
WIETA has had considerable success in the wine industry, which led to the members taking a decision in October 2005 to extend its work down the wine supply chain and into the wider agricultural sector, while continuing to serve the needs of the wine industry.
The Integrated Production of Wine Scheme (IPW)
Oldenburg Vineyards became a member of IPW in 2010, and our wines from the 2011 vintage were the first to be certified under this scheme. This confirms our commitment towards working in harmony with nature. We believe that the success of our wines will ultimately come from realising the potential that our vineyards and nature have to offer. Central to this belief is that wine is an encapsulation of what nature does best, and that by working closely with it we can ensure a consistent high standard of quality. This must be done with sustainability in mind.
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.