Fynbos celebrates its first harvest

Fynbos farm, located in the breathtakingly beautiful Breedekloof region, and a Bergsig BEE project, recently harvested their first Pinotage and Chenin Blanc grapes – a proud moment for all involved.

From left to right: Prop Lategan, Gert Dempers, De Wet Lategan, Sakkie van der Vyver (Chairman: Board of Directors), Roseline Frans, Snyman Makaotsi, Plum Lategan, Belinda Manewal and Sandra George-Waterboer.
From left to right: Prop Lategan, Gert Dempers, De Wet Lategan, Sakkie van der Vyver (Chairman: Board of Directors), Roseline Frans, Snyman Makaotsi, Plum Lategan, Belinda Manewal and Sandra George-Waterboer.

A promising yield was harvested from the five hectares of three year old vines purchased by the farm workers. VinPro together with the Department of Agriculture helped the workers in getting their project off the ground, offering assistance with the planting of these vines; an integral part of the whole winemaking process.

This land reform project was initiated by the Lategan family, owners of Bergsig Estate, in 2007 which resulted in Fynbos Vrugte – en Wyn being established when 140 hectares of agricultural land was purchased by 116 farm workers, with the remaining 40% sharehold still owned by the Lategan family. In addition the farm workers also own a 15% share in Bergsig Estate, which has resulted in creating wealth for all involved with the companies. The grapes will be vinified and marketed separately.

“It is exciting to see projects such as these succeed in the Breedekloof Wine Valley, adding value not only to the product we can offer visitors, but in uplifting the various communities within the valley,” says Breedekloof Wine & Tourism CEO, Melody Botha.

For any queries re the Fynbos Vrugte – en Wyn BEE partnership please feel free to contact Breedekloof Wine & Tourism CEO, Melody Botha on melody@breedekloof.com.

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