Following a prestigious win in the UK last year, South Africa’s premier Fairtrade wine producer, Bosman Family Vineyards, released today three additional wines from its De Bos Handpicked Vineyards range at the heart of Fairtrade Week, a Walker Bay Chardonnay 2012, a Walker Bay Pinot Noir 2012 and a brilliant Handpicked Merlot 2012.
At a function at 95 Keerom Street, restaurant on international award winning Cape Town Restaurateur, Italian born Giorgio Nava, I sat next to winemaker Corlea Fourie who told me that “only the best fruit from vineyards in the exciting wine regions of Hermon, Walker Bay and Wellington were selected for the making of these wines.”
The De Bos enterprise has been recognised for its social and environmental contributions through accreditation with the internationally renowned Fairtrade organisation. The De Bos wines are handcrafted from vine to wine, while a model empowerment initiative between the eighth-generation Bosman family and the Adama Appollo Workers Trust acknowledges the long-standing relationship with workers on the farm.
“Our philosophy is simple: if you care about the people that do the work, the people care about the work they do,” says Bosman Family Vineyards managing director Petrus Bosman. “The same can be said about the way we respect and care for our environment. The De Bos range of wines is an extension of this vision.”
Fairtrade Week, the premier annual campaign of Fairtrade Label South Africa, calls on South African consumers, businesses and organisations to recognise the potential Africa has to be more equal and sustainable.
The De Bos wines are available across South Africa from leading retailers and restaurants.
For reservations at 95 Keerom call 021 422 0765, well worth the detour as Guide Michelin would say.