AS ONE drives through the gates of Bosman Family Vineyards in Wellington, it is hard not to be struck by a sense of history. However, like many farms in this Cape winelands area, the estate, which has stayed in Bosman hands for eight generations, has its sights set on the future when it comes to sustainability and development.In 2008, the farm entered into the biggest black economic empowerment (BEE) deal in the wine industry to date, with eligible workers receiving co-ownership of 430ha of prime farming land through the Adama Workers Trust.Last year, the estate was overall winner of the Fairtrade Award at the International Wine Challenge.Presented in London, the accolade goes to the highest-quality wine with a Fairtrade certification, an international ethical programme whose main aim is to promote more equality and sustainability in the farming sector.Jannie Bosman Sr chairs the farm’s executive committee. He has close to four decades’ experience and all four of his children are in...

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