All’s fair in love and wine
The handcrafted De Bos range of Fairtrade wines is a festive collaboration between the Bosman family and the Adama Apollo Workers' Trust.
Petrus Bosman, managing director of Bosman Family Vineyards, says of the venture: 'Our philosophy is simple – if you care about the people who do the work, the people care about the work they do. 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 – both a celebration and a reminder that man and nature need to respect each other, and small contributions can have a great impact.'
Winemaker Corlea Fourie says of the range, '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 result is the delicious De Bos range, consisting of the Handpicked Chenin Blanc 2012, the De Bos Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012, and the De Bos Handpicked Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.
For Fourie, the Bosman wines are all about authenticity, passion and innovation. She also believes that community upliftment is core to the success of the farm – during 2008, 260 of the farm's workers became shareholders in the enterprise. Many benefits are available to the workers, including a daycare centre, a youth group, a music school, a library, medical care, and ongoing education and training, among many other initiatives aimed at making life easier for them.
Our vision doesn’t have a beginning or end, but rather a golden thread that draws us together in building a better life for all through ownership, self-respect and responsibility.
'The objective is to become the leading ethical family-owned wine producer in the country,' says Bosman. 'With most of the people who work here living here too, we see ourselves as community builders rather than mere farmers. Our vision doesn't have a beginning or end, but rather a golden thread that draws us together in building a better life for all through ownership, self-respect and responsibility.'
Category: Food & Wine