South Africa's famous wine farms were founded and built on slavery, and are still suffering the effects of this terrible legacy. But Solms-Delta, a farm in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, has put in place various mechanisms to build a truly equal industry, while paying respect to the past.
As the head of Wines of South Africa, Su Birch has brought ethical and green practices to the industry through her initiatives, the Sustainability Seal and the Ethical Seal, which focus on environmentally friendly factors and promote fair labour choices, respectively.
• Women in wine is export winner
Women in Wine is toasting its success as its wines are well-received in the export market. Its allure, the company believes, lies in more than just its quality tipple. Buyers are supporting its drive to empower female farm workers, putting their money where their mouth is.
• ‘Most exciting’ New World wine
South African wines continue to show growth in the markets of the world, with a reported 35% increase in overseas sales for the first three months of the year, and exports outstripping local sales for the first time.