• Qualification for CVC membership is based on meeting a set of criteria including: Estate ownership and independent audit and evaluation of: Technical and Environmental standards, Cellar Door facilities, Ethical matters and Wine quality.

    Qualification for CVC membership is based on meeting a set of criteria including: Estate ownership and independent audit and evaluation of: Technical and Environmental standards, Cellar Door facilities, Ethical matters and Wine quality.

    Ownership of wine farm registered for the production of Estate Wine as defined in the Wine of Origin Scheme, established in terms of the Liquor Products Act 60 of 1989;

    It may include vineyards under the direct control, either owned or subject to a long term lease of 9 years and 11 months, of the management of the specific Estate.

  • Technical:

    to meet the technical specifications a member must have both the winemaking facilities and the vineyards audited by IPW and have passed with a minimum of 75%.

    Environmental:

    the Estate must be a registered Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) member OR have ISO 14000 accreditation. If a prospective Estate cannot comply with BWI criteria, they may still apply but will need to detail environmental policies / accreditations. CVC directors undertake to meet with BWI to create niche criteria for affected Estates.

    Members must have cellar door facilities located on the same property as their winemaking facility, open to the public at least 6 days per week for the tasting and purchasing of wine. The cellar door facilitiy must at least include a staffed Tasting Room, where the public may taste and purchase wine. An independent audit committee must review and grade the visual appearance of the Estate together with all cellar door facilities and a minimum score of 75% is required.

    The Estate must have a recognised and acknowledged ethical accreditation based on the International Labour Conventions' Ethical Trading Initiative, incorporating South African labour legislation; or submit proof of application to be audited by an accredited organisation.

    Technical Audit:
    An independent audit committee must review and grade the winemaking facilities and vineyards of the Estate and a minimum score of 75% is required.

    Quality Audit:
    For membership purposes the Estate will be required to submit a single Estate wine the Owner believes best represents the terrain and winemaking philosophy of the Estate and a minimum score of 80%- (16/20) is required.

  • An independent Evaluation Committee will review the wine comprising of:
    An independent Chairperson;
    Two CVC panel members;
    Two independent panel members

    Accredited members will be asked to nominate the wines from their portfolio

    Owners / Winemakers will present their wines to the panel making specific reference to the winemaking philosophy, the uniqueness of the “terroir”

    Wines will be evaluated in context of quality and the being able to identify the unique features and characteristics described during the presentation.

    There will be two tiers.

    Wines that have achieved the highest acclaim within the CVC and which meet the specified criteria of:

    Wines bearing the Estate’s name or reference to it and made from vineyards falling within the description of Ownership;

    Owner / winemaker will present five vintages of each wine they consider to be of a standard to bear the CVC logo – explaining the aspects of site and wine making philosophy;

    The Estate / vineyard/s and Wards must be the same for all vintages, blends may vary but must still demonstrate a discernible “pedigree”

    The wines must clearly demonstrate the unique features and characteristic's of the Estate / Vineyards and the five vintages must have identifiable linearity;

    At least four of the five wines must score 90% (18/20) and above;

    Wines will be reviewed in the above format every five years; and

    An audit statement verifying that over the Five vintages this wine has been retailing in the Ultra-Premium sector at a retail selling price of not less than €15 per bottle

    Estate / Vineyards – Owned or Leased

    Wines bearing the Estate’s name or reference to it and made from vineyards falling within the description of Ownership;

    Owner / winemaker will present five vintages of each wine they consider to be of a standard to bear the CVC logo – explaining the aspects of site and wine making philosophy;

    The Estate / vineyard/s and Wards must be the same for all vintages, blends may vary

    but must still demonstrate a discernible “pedigree”

    The wines must clearly demonstrate the unique features and characteristic's of the Estate / Vineyards and the five vintages must have identifiable linearity;

    At least four of the five wines must score 80% (16/20) and above; Wines will be reviewed in the above format every five years

    The Company recognises that in terms of South Africa’s Wine of Origin Scheme, Members may produce a wine or range of wines bearing the Estate’s name that are not an Estate Wine as defined in the Scheme.

    These Wines produced, bearing the Estate’s name or reference to its name, but made from grapes or wine that fall outside the description of Ownership will not have the right to utilise / display any reference to CVC in its packaging or promotional material.

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