UK magazine The Drinks Business has recognised a Wellington winery for its ethical business practices.
The Bosman Family Vineyards won the title of Ethical Company of the Year as part of the magazine's Green Business Awards.
Farmworkers are invested in every aspect of Bosman Family Vineyards and own a full 26% of the entire business.
The eighth generation family-owned estate decided to establish a trust for the farm labourers and give them a share of 430 hectares of vineyards in 2008.
Adama Workers Trust chairperson Rita Andreas explains that a great deal has improved since the workers became beneficiaries.
I can say with pride that we are one of the largest and most successful black empowerment projects in South Africa.— Rita Andreas, Adama Workers Trust chairperson
Andreas is the fifth of her generation to grow up on the farm and says it continues to focus on empowerment, community upliftment and fair trade.
She says there are a total of 260 beneficiaries who own a 20% share of the operational company and 30% in the cellars.
Andreas says the Adama Trust resulted in material change, and is not just a symbolic gesture.
She explains that workers are always involved in operations, engage in the consultative processes, and offered opportunities to grow managerial skills.
Listen to Rita Andreas talk passionately about the wine farm here: