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Sustainable Farming

Environmental management is a high priority at La Motte and is factored into the long-term strategy as well as daily running of the estate. Examples of environmental care include the protection of precious natural flora known as ‘fynbos’ on the adjoining Wemmershoek mountains and adherence to biologic principles in the production of grapes, flowers and ethereal oils.

La Motte was one of the first wine
estates to be awarded the coveted
ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification.

The estate also complies with IPW, is a member of the Green Mountain Eco Route in the Groenlandberg area, and is a WWF Conservation Champion. La Motte, as well as its Nabot farm in the Walker Bay coastal area, are committed to biologic farming principles.

Certification and Initiatives

La Motte is committed to the principles and practices of excellence in wine production and environmental sustainability, as evidenced by a number of coveted accreditations and certifications.

About our Certifications and Accreditations

WWF Conservation

La Motte is a WWF Conservation Champion – acknowledged as an environmental leader in the industry for our commitment to conservation, responsible production practices, integrated environmental management systems, and spearheading innovations in water, energy efficiency and climate adaptation.

ISO 14001 Certification

La Motte was one of the first wine estates to be awarded ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification – Certified February 2003, for its commitment to the principles of environmental care in wine-making.

HACCP Certification

In April 2010, La Motte received full HACCP certification for complying with strict international food safety procedures.

Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) Membership

Both La Motte farm and La Motte cellar obtained IPW membership in 2005 for complying with production practices on farms and/or cellars, as evaluated and audited by the IPW scheme.

Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) Accreditation

Since March 2006, La Motte has been an accredited WIETA member, sharing this Association’s mission to improve the working conditions of employees in agriculture.

Eco-Efficiency Award

In 2008 La Motte received the Woolworths Eco-Efficiency Award in recognition of its commitment towards achieving greater environmental sustainability.

Farming for the Future Certification

La Motte was one of the first Woolworths-supplier wine farms to be audited and certified in respect of an initiative addressing sustainable practices on Woolworths-supplier farms and at wineries.

EnviroWines Certification

La Motte has been certified with EnviroWines recognising growers showing optimum implementation of above-average environmentally sustainable practices to protect our environment. Such growers differentiate themselves from the norm by obtaining an outstanding evaluation score of 75% or more during their farm and winery audits by the South African Scheme of Integrated Production of Wine (IPW).