SIPPING WITH PURPOSE | Fairtrade Wines and the Top 4 Karoo Delights in the Western Cape to enjoy them at!

By Letitia Charles | 20th March 2024

Welcome, wine aficionados and ethical travellers alike! We're diving into the world of Fairtrade wines in South Africa's renowned Western Cape region, where sustainability meets sensational sips. But first, let's raise a glass to making a difference with every pour!

SIPPING WITH PURPOSE | Fairtrade Wines and the Top 4 Karoo Delights in the Western Cape to enjoy them at!

In recent years, there's been a notable shift towards sustainability and social responsibility in the wine industry, and South Africa is leading the charge. Through initiatives like Fairtrade, vineyards are not only producing exceptional wines but also supporting local communities and promoting ethical practices.

Fairtrade certification ensures fair wages, safe working conditions, and environmental stewardship, empowering workers and fostering a more equitable industry. By choosing Fairtrade wines, you're not just indulging in delicious libations – you're making a positive impact on people and the planet.

Exploring Fairtrade Vineyards in the Western Cape

Now, let's embark on a wine-tasting adventure through the picturesque Karoo region of the Western Cape, where rugged landscapes and warm hospitality await. Here are a few must-visit spots to experience the best of Fairtrade wines:

1. Rooiberg Winery: Nestled in the heart of the Little Karoo, Rooiberg Winery established in 1964, is committed to social upliftment and sustainable farming practices, working in harmony with nature. Their Fairtrade range showcases the rich flavours of the region, from bold reds to crisp whites. Take a guided tour of the vineyards, sample their exquisite wines, and learn about their dedication to ethical production. Don’t forget to snap a pic in the iconic red chair and capture unforgettable memories against the picturesque backdrop of the vineyard.

2. Barrydale Cellar: Set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg Mountains, Barrydale Cellar is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Their two pot still brandies include Joseph Barry Traditional Cape Pot Still Brandy and Joseph Barry Muscat Cape Pot Still Brandy. After a tasting session, nature lovers can explore this delightful small town.

3. De Krans Wine Cellar: Located in the quaint town of Calitzdorp, known as the 'Port Capital of South Africa,' De Krans Wine Cellar is famous for its award-winning ports and fortified wines. In addition to their classic offerings, they also produce a range of wines that capture the essence of the Karoo. Stop by for a tasting and treat yourself to a bottle of their renowned port to take home as a souvenir.

4. Calitzdorp Wine Cellar: With a history dating back to the early 20th century, Calitzdorp Wine Cellar is one of the oldest cooperatives in South Africa. Their wines reflect the passion and dedication of generations of winemakers, with each bottle telling a story of tradition and innovation. Calitzdorp Cellar has been twice awarded the title of Champion Cooperative Winery of the Little Karoo. Their commitment to quality and craftsmanship shines through in their wines.

Sip. Savour. Support

As you explore the vineyards of the Karoo, remember that every sip of wine is an opportunity to make a difference. By choosing Fairtrade wines, you're not only enjoying exceptional quality and taste but also supporting a more sustainable and equitable wine industry.

So, gather your friends, pack your bags, and set off on a wine-tasting journey through the Western Cape's Karoo region. From the rugged beauty of the landscape to the warm hospitality of the people, you're sure to create unforgettable memories while sipping on wines that are as ethical as they are delicious. Cheers to making a positive impact, one glass at a time! 🍷✨