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Liberty Fairtrade

There was a failing cooperative in Citrusdal in the Olifants River Valley region of South Africa, whose production was 50% certified Fairtrade. Charles Back, the owner of Fairview wines in Paarl, was eager to access these grapes for his Goats Do Roam range of wines and so he bought in with a consortium. The choice of name Liberty was for him more associated with the Fairtrade aspect of the winery, rather than Liberty Wines for whom the wines are made. Piekenierskloof are the current owners who bought Charles' share in 2018. The grapes come from the Berg en Dal farm, where the bush vine vineyards are planted at 600 metres above sea level on sandy soils. The Chenin Blanc grapes come from vines with an average age of 25 years, with some older than 40 years. The farm has been committed to Fairtrade since 2003, and part owned by its employees since 2007. The social improvement generated through the Fairtrade premium continues to be liberating for the farmers who benefit from its impact. Terrific wines and terrific value for money!