Bosman Wines
De Royan Newsletter Summer 2012 
 
 
Dear wine friends & family,

Christmas is around the corner and I cannot help to be inspired by the story of St Nicholas, the boy from Patara born in 280 AD and later became the bishop of Myra who died in 324 AD. The man who lived and loved to help people and who would always beg farmers and shop owners to make sure that there would be something to eat in the homes of those less fortunate. In secret he would disguise himself on Christmas Eve and leave a small gift on the doorstep of children who he knew would not receive gifts on Christmas day.

After his death, his body was taken back to Italy and his grave can still be found in Italy. To date more churches are named after St Nicholas than any other person on earth.

Years later, poets and artists gave St Nicholas the "fictive" image of the red nose, reindeer loving, fat, grey bearded Belsnickle, Kris Kringle, Santa Claus, and other names...

To be a commercial character invented for Christmas was never the intention of this man with the generous heart. So in the true spirit of St. Nicholas, we are fortunate today to have a similar spirit of giving around Christmas time and with this in mind, I thought it would be great to dedicate this De Royan newsletter to Fairtrade - a spirit of giving in a sustainable way.
 
FAIRTRADE FOCUS
South Africa has just seen its first Fairtrade week from 14 - 20 November 2011. As a company, we are extremely excited about the possibilities and opportunities that are created through the privilege of being a Fairtrade accredited wine producer. Here is a quick glimpse into the world of Fairtrade.
What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is a trading partnership, based on a progressive set of social and environmental criteria and seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by allocating part of the price for this cause.

It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers and gold.

The philosophy is simple: If you care about the environment and the people that produce the product the quality will improve and be sustainable.
Where did Fairtrade start?

The origin of Fairtrade can be traced back to the 1940's & 1950's when religious groups were seeking better equality in trade. However, it was during the 1980s in Netherland when Fairtrade as we know it today, grew as a movement. Products displayed the logo with the words Max Havelaar - the name of an 1860 novel which shaped the Dutch colonial policy in the Dutch East Indies in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. In the novel, the protagonist, Max Havelaar, tries to battle against a corrupt government system in Java, which was a Dutch colony at the time.

Today Fairtrade is the most trusted and recognised ethical mark in the world.
Which products are Fairtrade products?

Fairtrade is an accreditation for products. Products that are Fairtrade accredited have the logo displayed on the packaging.

Look out for the following products in South Africa:
COFFEE - Bean There Coffee CHOCOLATE - Cadburys Dairy Milk Chocolate SPICE - Turqle Trading spices in Woolworths WINE - Bosman Family Vineyards; De Bos Handpicked
  Vineyards; Appollis Fairtrade Wines
TOURISM - Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse & Cottages TEA - Clipper Tea; QL Tea

If you know of other Fairtrade products not listed here, why not let us know about them? Click on this link to e-mail us with the names of other Fairtrade products that you know and support.
What does Bosman Family Vineyards do with their Fairtrade allocation?

For decades we have already been actively working on the development of our communities and the upliftment of individuals in our company. Lately we have seen that the impact of our efforts can be enhanced thanks to the sales of Fairtrade wines that have grown. As a result, we have spent months preparing a Project Governance plan which identifies key areas of involvement in the lives of the families living and working on our farms.

Below is a short summary:
AGE GROUP LEVEL GOALS
0-5 Preschool Proper caretaking facilities and well trained skilled staff.
To get every toddler in a pre-school class.
To get every toddler on a mental & emotional level ready for school.
6-13 Primary School 100% School attendance
100% Yearly pass rate.
Promote numeracy & literacy to have adequate skills for high school.
Sense of responsibility and ownership.
Participate in sport, cultural or extra curriculum activities for balance.
14-18 High School 100% School attendance.
100% Grade 12 pass rate.
Career Focused: Academic, Agriculture, Technical.
Combat drop-out and drug abuse head on.
0% Drop-out rate.
0% Drug abuse.
0% Teenage pregnancies.
19-25 Post Matric Fast track all scholars that have completed their secondary education into jobs or further studies.
Students: 100% pass rate.
Working: Balanced purposeful life.
26-35 Young Workers/Married Dignified existence with self-respect.
Good home environment with strong family values as foundation for family planning.
Financial planning & stability.
Prepared for being parents with necessary parenting skills.
36-60 Working Age Group Healthy family life and focus on happy family life.
Develop pride in home, garden, living environment farm and nature.
Participate in healthy recreational activities.
Planning for retirement.
60+ Ederly Dignified retirement/old age mentally, physically and spiritually.
Neat, well managed old age home with inspirational activities for elderly.
Who at Bosman Family Vineyards decides what the Fairtrade allocation is spent on?

The Joint Body (consisting of 2 representatives from each farm), together with the project management team will identify needs within the community and plan a strategy for the meeting of those needs in a systematic and efficient manner.


Who at Bosman Family Vineyards are responsible for managing the Fairtrade projects?

We have recently appointed the following people who will specifically focus on the implementation, execution and monitoring of Fairtrade projects: Klaas Morkel (Community Developer); Tina Steenkamp (Creche & Education); Joyce Marais (Finance manager).
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL: 17 & 18 March 2012
Remember this date! It will be great to see you at Lelienfontein in Wellington during the Wellington Wine Route annual harvest festival.

We will be hosting our "Long Lunch" under the oak trees and gazebos with loads of decadent treats to feast on while leisurely enjoying the beautiful countryside with your family and of course, some of our wines.  Parents can sit back while children are being entertained.

Next year, we will be dedicating our Harvest Festival to Fairtrade and to informing people more about this global movement. 

Wellington boasts with a wonderful Fairtrade Tourism establishment, Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse & Cottages. Bosman Family Wine Club members are offered a special rate to stay at this beautiful country house all year round. To inquire about rates, please click here.
 
PEROLD ABSA CAPE BLEND SUCCESS
Congratulations to Corlea Fourie, our lovely lady winemaker who has created yet another wonderful wine, Bosman Erfenis 2010. 

A Cape Blend meticulously crafted with Pinotage (30%); Cab Franc (22.5%); Petit Verdot (22.5%); Shiraz (22.5%) and Cinsaut 2.5%.

Corlea walked away with the honours at the inaugural Perold ABSA Cape Blend Competition. 

Is it not great news that the best Cape Blend in South Africa is also a Fairtrade wine?
 
EAT OUT WINNERS
Congratulations to the following EAT OUT DSTV FOOD NETWORK RESTAURANT AWARDS winners, listing our wines:
› The Test Kitchen› La Combe› Bizerca Bistro
A word of thanks to Chef of the year, Luke Dale-Roberts of the Test Kitchen, for spotting the quality of our wines after following the recommendations of his followers on Twitter to taste our wines during a visit to Wellington. You can try our Rosé 33, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 and our Dolce Primitivo 2010 at the Test Kitchen with Luke's amazing food.

For a complete list of all the winners, please click here.
 
FESTIVE SEASONAL SELECTION ORDER NOW
1 x Method Cap Classique Steen 2008 1 x Adama White 2010
1 x 33 Varietal Rosé 2011 1 x Adama Red 2009
3 x Mont Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011 1 x Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
2 x Sur Lie Chenin Blanc 2011 1 x Pinotage 2009
1 x Optenhorst Chenin Blanc 2009  
TOTAL (12 Bottles) R 1040.00
AVERAGE PRICE PER BOTTLE R 86.67
 
TRIBUTE: Grietjie Joubert
Those that have been fortunate to know Grietjie Joubert, our beloved Wellington Wine Walks guide, will know that she was a lady with a generous spirit of giving.  Time stood still when you were in Grietjie's company.  She passed away in the month of October after being diagnosed with cancer.

Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues.

 
EPILOGUE
It is giving, not getting, that makes one rich.

May we be people that see opportunities to give.  In the lives of our families and friends, but especially in the lives of those that can give nothing back in return.

To the spirit of giving!
 
 
Festive greetings,
Carla Bosman
Email: carla@bosmanwines.com

Bosman Family Vineyards
Tel: (021) 873 3170
Website: www.bosmanwines.com
 
 
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