Arniston Bay commits to making excellent wines while giving back to the community where these wines are made.
Arniston Bay's Fairtrade Story
Arniston Bay, the fourth largest SA wine brand in the UK, converted to Fairtrade with the support of The Cooperative. The Fairtrade Mark means 122 workers and 68 families will receive a Fairtrade social premium, paid to the Farmworkers Trust of the two Fairtrade farms in the Cape Winelands’ Breede River Valley, to be administered to various identified projects on the farm.
There is a pre-primary school for workers’ children on the farm, funded by the Trust and operational since 2003. They started with 22 children and at present there are 56 enrolled children, from babies to pre-schoolers. Children are transported to and from school in a Trust funded bus and are fed nutritious breakfasts, snacks and lunches while attending. They follow an accredited curriculum with creative activities, language and maths development, storytelling and singing and plenty of free play. There is always the need to accommodate more children and plans have already been drawn up to add more classrooms. Another area where funds will be allocated to is in the upgrading of the three community halls. Adults use these leisure facilities after hours and on weekends to watch satellite television and play board games. The plans are to add freestanding wendy houses to these facilities to accommodate more people.
The farming community elects a governing body who has full authority on prioritising how they spend the money. Other projects on the property that benefit from Fairtrade funds include a bursary for one of the farm’s youngsters, currently studying at Boland College and the first of the farm’s children to go on to tertiary education. The Trust recently bought two bakkies (utility vehicles) with trailers to transport people to and from town. It is also planned to build facilities for a rugby field for the farm’s very own rugby club, and buy gear and team jerseys.
Funds will also be allocated to a farm clinic, soon to be built. This clinic will do initial health screening, dispense medicine and refer patients to other clinics or hospitals.
See how Arniston supports Fairtrade
Arniston Bay The Coast Fairtrade Colombard Chenin Blanc
Succulent tastes of guava and fresh green apples with a crisp and zingy finish. Easy-drinking wine style, and can be enjoyed for any occasion. This wine can be enjoyed now and will keep well for a further 2 years from vintage. This wine is suitable for vegetarians, but not for vegans. This wine can be enjoyed with a variety of different meat dishes but especially with fusion cooking.
Arniston Bay The Coast Fairtrade Mellow and Smooth
A juicy, drink-now red with complexity. Black summer fruit aromas start it all off with raspberry and chocolaty oak notes that follow through on the palate. Complex, yet soft tannin structure with multi layered palate and beautiful finish. Drinkable, accessible and enjoyable. This wine can be enjoyed now and will keep well for a further 2 years from vintage. This wine is suitable for vegetarians, but not for vegans. This wine can be enjoyed with a variety of different meat dishes but especially with fusion cooking.