Sustainability as an evidence
Highly impressed by the unspoiled environment and by the social fragility of the natives, Jacques Germanier instinctively chose a responsible approach and naturally fulfilled the conditions and the principles of sustainability:
- in 2005, he converted his vineyards into Organic.
- he settled the Sonop Community, providing the locals with jobs and education as well as decent conditions of life, according to the international Fairtrade standards.
- as an experienced and humanist businessman, he managed to match productivity and profitability to profit sharing and local reinvestment.
A sustainable wine has to combine environmental assets, social responsibility and economic viability.
Jacques Germanier has been in the wine business for more than 40 years. In Switzerland, where he was born and brought up among the vineyards, he is known as a market oriented visionary. His acute knowledge of the market and his specific way of doing business are the keys of his international success and recognition.
Today, he knows that nature, biodiversity, ecosystems and environment protection, as well as social and corporate responsibility are real issues, to which business has to adapt. And so he does.
To produce high quality organic and Fairtrade wines, we can rely on constantly updated facilities, including impressive stainless steel tanks and on a high tech cellar, which enable our team of technicians, oenologists and wine makers to work in the best conditions.
Our requirements are strong to produce high quality organic, natural and Fairtrade South African wines.
Our vineyard benefits from an exceptional and unique terroir.
The mountain slopes around, together with the soil composition and with the prevailing winds, create specific conditions which have a noticeable influence on the quality of the grapes and on the natural taste of the wines.
The soils of pure granite with a high potassium content offer considerable grape quality potential. In some places, granite formations are mixed with varying percentages of clay and shale. A southerly wind blowing from the ocean prevails throughout the year, helping to cool the vineyards and bringing mineral particles.
Our organic, natural and Fairtrade wines carry these unique assets to deliver their unique body, taste and flavour.
Wide range of cultivars
The specificity of the climate and of the terroir favors red varieties such as Shiraz, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot However, some interesting white wines, such as Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc are produced.