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Chenin winners promote education

When South African winemakers earn a coveted place in the annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge line-up, there is certainly satisfaction for the achievement and the acclaim it brings. Knowing your wine has been so highly ranked is an important industry affirmation. It’s also undoubtedly good for wine sales. But one of the strongest motivators for entry in the annual event, is that the prize money for your winning wine goes to the farm worker community, whose members are so integral to your success.

Since 2014 it has been a condition of entry that all prize money must be spent on projects designed to uplift or upskill farm workers, their families and their communities.

A new video about Spier shows how the prize money is used to support the Sustainability Institute’s AgroEcology Academy, which teaches regenerative, sustainable but commercial cultivation of vegetables, nutritious eating, business management and marketing principles.

Explains Ken Forrester, chair of the Chenin Blanc Association and the driving force behind the rehabili­tation of South Africa’s most widely planted, humble grape to the country’s most spectacular vinous success story: “Spier’s support of the AgroEcology Academy is important as it teaches those in the programme to become more financially independent, and in a position where they can create jobs for others.

“We are proud of the priority that’s been given to education. Creches, after-care facilities, libraries, computer rooms have been established.

“Producers have donated their prize money to the Pebbles Project to support its suite of education, health, nutrition, community and protection programmes,” said Forrester.

These benefit hundreds of infants and youth in the Cape Winelands.

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