Stellenbosch Vineyards is involved in a number of social and economic developmental initiatives.
Stellenbosch Vineyards is a founding member of The Wine Industry Ethical Trade Initiative or WIETA. Established in November 2002 WIETA is a non-profit voluntary association comprising of a variety of stakeholders who are committed to the promotion of ethical trade in the wine industry and agriculture as a whole. Most of our suppliers are WIETA certified and all our wines will be carrying the newly planned WIETA seal certifying that the wine was made through solid ethical practices.
We are a donor to Wines with Heart a project which raises money for charities based in the Cape winelands. It’s a simple concept with a win-win outcome: when you make a donation you will receive 6 bottles of wines and a needy organisation receives the money. Numerous local wine producers support this initiative by donating some of their flagship wines which is then repackaged into a mystery box and sold for a good cause. The following organisation is a beneficiary of the Wines with Heart initiative: FASfacts.
As a member of The Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) we support its actions to prevent the negative consequences of alcohol abuse.
We are associated with Thandi Wines a transformation initiative that started as a winemaking project to empower the Lebanon community in Elgin. Thandi has become a successful business venture benefiting a number of previously disadvantaged communities. In line with the company’s progressive thinking members of staff are offered a wide range of skills development opportunities among them an adult literacy programme. Bursaries are also made available to learners enabling them to attend the Senior Agricultural School in Stellenbosch. Physical provision for employees and their families includes the group’s own medical clinic as well as the co-ordination and arranging grants for the building of housing.
Another project that the company has invested in is the Enaleni project. Enaleni is a wine farm just outside Stellenbosch that supplies grapes to wine cellars such as Stellenbosch Vineyards that in turn produce the wine. Enaleni is a Black Empowerment Project (BEE). The farm has 23 shareholders who are all farm workers. Stellenbosch Vineyards, in partnership with Enotria (distributors) and the major UK retailer Tesco, have recently launched a competition to create the world's first ever crowd sourced wine made from Enaleni grapes. Funds generated from this project will directly benefit the family and workers of the Enaleni farm.
Our wines carry the Wines of South AfricaIntegrity and Sustainability Seal. This seal certifies that 100% of the grapes that made this wine came from the area shown on the label that 85% of the grapes are of the variety and vintage shown and that the wine was bottled in South Africa. The number on the seal can be used to trace the wine from grape to bottle. To qualify for this seal the wine must meet specific environmental guidelines. Producers must ensure the health and safety of their workers they must minimise the use of chemicals and introduce natural predators in the vineyard. They must pledge to conserve biodiversity and lastly, clean up wastewater. Farms and cellars are audited independently every three years.