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Membership Criteria

Our member wineries need to follow an elevated standard of winemaking, viticulture practices, and ensure fair and ethical treatment of all those who are employed. A fully functioning cellar door that exceeds global expectations is also a criterion. All the members strive for quality over quantity in wine production and manage their business in a way that is environmentally and ethically sound.

The 4 foundation pillars of the CVC:

1. Wine Quality

Members undergo both a technical and a wine quality audit. The technical audit assesses the calibre of the winemaking facilities and vineyards. The quality audit is based on the assessment of a wine’s quality and and its unique expression of provenance. It is a tasting of 5 vintages of the same wine.

The 5–vintage tasting criteria ensures that the wine has remained consistent in quality over time, and that it reflects a unique terroir. The CVC seal is awarded to these wines and are highly sought after as only a limited number of wines are able to achieve CVC status.

Only applicants that can satisfy all aspects of the strict CVC criteria are eligible for membership, thus making it one of the most aspirational and prestigious classifications in the country. As a result, CVC member brands can be trusted and respected by wine-lovers the world over.

By ensuring that these 4 pillars are withheld, the CVC can ensure a viable future for Cape wines that is sustainable for generations to come.

2. Technical and Environmental

To meet these requirements members must have both their winemaking facilities and their vineyards audited by the Integrated Production of Wine  (IPW). To ensure that each member farm is environmentally sustainable they must be a registered Biodiversity and Wine Initiative  (BWI) member or have ISO 14000 accreditation.

3. Ethical Matters

All members ensure that their staff members are treated fairly and that they are committed to practising internationally recognised ethical standards. Each member must have an acknowledgeable ethical accreditation based on the International Labour Conventions Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

4. Cellar Door Facilities

Members’ cellar door and wine making facilities must be on the same property and must be open to the public, for tasting and wine sales, at least 6 days of the week. An audit committee reviews and grades the visual appearance of the estate, together with all cellar door facilities.

For a full list of member and wine accreditation requirements, please click here.

CVC Seal

Only member wines that have scored highly in the 5 vintage accreditation tasting, are eligible to carry the CVC quality seal on their necks. These seals are highly sought-after as only a very limited number of wines gain accreditation each year. The accreditation seal can be worn on the bottles of that specific wine (regardless of vintage) for 5 years, after which the wines would need to be resubmitted.