In 1997, after identifying the specific needs of the local community, particularly of the workers of the Sonop wine farm, Jacques Germanier established the Mountain View Community Property Association (CPA).
Sonop gave 10 ha of fertile land to the CPA to enable the workers to grow their own vineyard and their own food at their own benefit. Moreover, Jacques Germanier has been providing them with continuous training, technical assistance and adequate machinery.
Each member of the community permanently employed on the premises belongs to a provident fund as well as to a medical fund, and has access to adult education.
Since the end of 2003, the Sonop Wine Farm and the CPA way of working have met the international Fairtrade standards. A share of every Fairtrade bottle sold is given back to the workers.
Organic, natural and Fairtrade wine as a consistency: Respect of Nature and consideration for the people complement naturally when it comes to growing grapes, to making wine and to selling it.