Sustainability on La Motte
Environmental management is a high priority at La Motte and factored into the long-term strategy as well as daily running of the estate. Since 2007, La Motte has rehabilitated 35 ha of degraded mountain vegetation by clearing alien plants and re-establishing indigenous flora.
The farm is committed to biologic principles of farming. Water is conserved in the vineyards through mulching, night-time irrigation and computerised water demand management based on weekly soil and leaf moisture data. The winery has a wastewater treatment system and treated effluent is used for the compost plant.Solar panels fitted on the cellar roof reduces the carbon footprint.
The estate’s commitment is acknowledged by a host of certificationsand awards. La Motte was one of the first wine estates to be awarded ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification, is a voluntary Cape Naturesite and a WWF Conservation Champion. La Motte wines bear the IPWsustainability seal and is also certified with EnviroWines.
Sustainability at Leopard’s Leap
Leopard’s Leap Wines (Pty) Ltd is a certified member of IPW and comply with the criteria of the Integrated Production of Wine initiative, a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme established by the South African wine industry in 1998.
IPW complies with international wine industry environmental sustainability criteria, including the ’Global Wine Sector Environmental Sustainability Principles. As part of this membership, the farming and production practices of all the vineyards, cellar and production facilities used in the production of Leopard’s Leap Wines are evaluated and audited by the IPW board.
IPW Guidelines include: Waste Management, Biodiversity Management, Farm Guidelines as well as Cellar Guidelines. Please see link for more information: http://www.ipw.co.za/guidelines.php
All Leopard’s Leap wines carry the IPW certification sticker as endorsement.