by Kyla Van Heerden

Backsberg Family Wines, a winery with a rich heritage spanning over a century, remains steadfast in its philosophy of providing world class wines while prioritizing sustainable practices. As South Africa’s first certified carbon-neutral winery since 2006, Backsberg prides itself in constantly extending the utmost care for its employees, products, land, and the broader community.

In a significant recent achievement, Backsberg can now proudly announce that their wines from the 2022 vintage onwards have undergone a rigorous verification process through internationally recognised third parties and have been awarded the PAS 2060:2014 specification for carbon neutrality. Another first for the South African wine industry, this world-renowned verification process solidifies the brand’s unconditional dedication to reducing its carbon footprint.

The carbon neutral certification is verification to the full value chain, from viticulture, winemaking, bottling, warehousing and distribution to the furthest possible international customer, a truly holistic evaluation. 

With a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship, Backsberg – now with its fifth generation at the helm, continues to thrive by honouring the past whilst simultaneously forging ahead with forward-thinking holistic practices: from the biomass boiler and heat exchange chiller for cooling in their previous cellar to its past prickly pear biomass programme, supporting ‘Credible Carbon’ on projects such as the Kuyasa Project, undertaking of the internal ‘Bamboo Project’ underway at the Mooiplaas Farm in the Eastern Cape, local tree planting schemes and joining arms with Stellebosch University in a previous bee pollination initiative, Backsberg continuously strives to give back. 

In addition to their dedication to sustainability and recent carbon-neutral accolade, all wines in the range are also suitable for vegans and vegetarians and 100% GMO free. Wine for good.

Find out more about the sustainable farming efforts in place at Backsberg Family Wines, aligned projects and recent ‘PAS 2060:2014’  verification  via the website.

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