Liberty Fairtrade

Western Cape, western cape South Africa

Charles Back was the original driving force in a consortium that bought a failing co-operative in Citrusdal, in the Olifants River Valley. Keen to have access to the fruit for his Goats do Roam wines, Charles realised the potential that existed for the 50% of the co-op’s production that was certified Fairtrade. The use of the name Liberty was linked more to this aspect of Fairtrade than it was to Liberty Wines. In 2018 Piekenierskloof bought Charles’ share and they remain the current owners. The social improvement engendered through the Fairtrade philosophy is, and will continue to be, liberating for the farmers who benefit from its impact.

The fruit comes from the Berg en Dal farm, which has been committed to Fairtrade since 2003 and has been part owned by its employees since 2007. The vineyards are planted on sandy soils up to 600 metres above sea level, while cool Atlantic breezes blowing up the valley keep temperatures low enough for the bush vines to thrive. The Chenin Blanc is sourced from vines with an average age of 25 years (with some more than 40 years old) and displays a crisp apple freshness balanced by tropical fruit ripeness.


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