Breedekloof farm Fynbos, a black economic empowerment (BEE) venture involving the Lategan family and Bergsig Wine Estate employees, has harvested its first pinotage and chenin blanc grapes – a proud moment for all involved.
The promising crop was picked from the five hectares of three-year-old vines purchased by the estate's employees. VinPro, with the Department of Agriculture, helped the staff in getting their project off the ground, offering assistance with the planting of the vines.
The land reform project was initiated by the Lategan family, owners of Bergsig Estate, in 2007. It resulted in the establishment of Fynbos Vrugte & Wyn, when 140 hectares of agricultural land was purchased by 116 employees, with the remaining 40% shareholding still owned by the Lategans.
Staff also own a 15% share in Bergsig Estate, creating wealth for all involved.
The Fynbos grapes will be vinified and marketed separately.