Stellenbosch Wine Routes has signed the Porto Protocol, committing the leading wine route in South Africa to an accelerated contribution toward climate change mitigation. 

Launched by former US President Barack Obama in 2018, the Porto Protocol is a global sustainable initiative signed by companies across numerous industries. These have pledged to play their part in employing and sharing sustainable environmental practices to combat climate change.

“As the leading wine tourism destination in South Africa, Stellenbosch recognises the leadership role it must play on climate change issues. We are committed, as the entire wine and tourism ecosystem of Stellenbosch, to lead the way in environmental protection and to foster good environmental principles among all our stakeholders,” says Mike Ratcliffe, Chairman of Stellenbosch Wine Routes. 

The recent launch of Visit Stellenbosch, a new destination marketing organisation, unifies all Stellenbosch tourism stakeholders under one umbrella with the objective of growing the tourism and experience economy in Stellenbosch for the benefit of all communities.

Initiatives already employed by members of Stellenbosch Wine Routes aimed at sustainability, biodiversity and conservation, include the Integrated Production of Wine, a voluntary sustainability scheme established by the South African wine industry in 1998, World Wide Fund for Nature Conservation (WWF) Champions and the establishment of three large conservancies in Stellenbosch, including the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, the Bottelary Hills Conservancy and the Banhoek Conservancy.