Western Cape, South Africa
About the Winery
Established in 2002, this was South Africa’s first Fairtrade and Organic winery lead by the Rossouw brothers. It was awarded its Fairtrade status in 2004 with workers now owning 26% of the shares. The Stellar Fairtrade Workers Trust grew from a working committee set up after the Kranskop bridge disaster, a truck accident that killed 53 people in 1987. The trust serves as a forum for workers to identify their needs and manages the income derived from Fairtrade sales. To date, Fairtrade has paid for fencing for workers housing, free housing and electricity and water for permanent farm workers. All schooling and child-care facilities are also subsidised.
Although Fairtrade is an honourable and vital organisation, we would still only list the wines if we felt that they stood up in quality and value against “traditionally” produced wines. We are delighted by the response we have already had to the Stellar range and feel very confident in the continued success of this enterprise.
Drinking Window (Advisory)
Drink now to 2017.
Seafood, poultry and goats cheese salad