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Bosman Family Vineyards Wins

International Fairtrade Trophy at IWC

South Africa, Wellington, September 2012 - Bosman Family Vineyards has further established themselves as one of the leading premium ethical wine producers from South Africa by winning the Fairtrade Award at the recent International Wine Challenge (IWC) in the United Kingdom.

The Fairtrade Award is for wine producing regions which are officially recognised as being part of the Fairtrade Association. Wines are judged on their individual merits and the Fairtrade Award is presented to the highest quality wine at the IWC with Fairtrade certification.

Bosman Family Vineyards was also the only South African winery to win one of the prestigious trophies at this year's show.

Su Birch, CEO of WOSA, was thrilled with the result: "South Africa is the leader in sustainable and ethical wine production in the world and we are excited that a South African wine is recognised in this way and that such outstanding quality can actually be produced in an ethical and environmentally responsible way"

Bosman Family Vineyards managing director, Petrus Bosman, commented gratefully: "our story at Bosman Family Vineyards is still being written and as a young team, we are very aware that the pages we are on today is the result of the hard work and dedication of those that have written our story before us. Farming with sustainable principles is something that has been carried over from one generation to the next in our family and our experience has been that the quality of your product increases over time when you consistently invest in people and nature."

According to Francois Theron, Social Anthropologist at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University and Social Development consultant to Bosman Family Vineyards, "this award gives meaning to efforts to establish social planning partnerships through which all farm stakeholders, owners and staff are capacitated and empowered to engage in sustainable social farming. The Bosman Family Vineyards approach acts as a benchmark for the industry."

The winning wine was the 2011 Wild Valley Chenin Blanc from the premium Fairtrade range of Sainsbury's, Taste The Difference, and is made from the Bosman Fairtrade Chenin Blanc vineyards from the Wellington Wine region. The judges described the wine as floral with white fruit aromas, fresh acidity, appealing grapefruit honey flowers and a rich creamy, bready texture. The wine is available from Sainsbury's in the United Kingdom at £7.99 and was grown and made by Bosman Family Vineyards and bottled in South Africa.

338 judges from 25 countries tasted 21609 different wines from over 50 countries.  

Photo caption from left to right:
Petrus Bosman – MD Bosman Family Vineyards
Klaas Morkel – Community Developer
Corlea Fourie – Winemaker at Bosman Family Vineyards

Bosman Family Vineyards again one of

South Africa's top 100 Wines

Bosman Family Vineyards have been successful for a second consecutive year in achieving Top 100 status during the recent Top 100 South African Wines Challenge. 

What makes this achievement special for Bosman Family Vineyards is that two of their wines that were judged by the international panel lead by Tim Atkin (MW), were placed on the coveted Top 100 South African wines list.  These wines are Bosman Family Vineyards Erfenis 2010 (a Cape Blend of Pinotage 30% /Cabernet Franc 22.5%/ Petit Verdot 22.5%/ Shiraz 22.5%/Cinsaut 2.5%) and the Bosman Family Vineyards Optenhorst Chenin Blanc 2010 (made from the Optenhorst Farm bush vine vineyard planted in 1952).

Bosman Family Vineyards also received a consistency ranking of 6th place in South Africa because of their 4 wines that have achieved Top 100 Status over the 2 years of the competition.

The entries were judged rigorously by the panel and the top scoring wines were then selected as the Top 100 South African wines.

Cellar master and 8th generation family member, Petrus Bosman, is thrilled with the result: "We are very grateful and believe that the vineyards used to produce these wines are very special.  For years, they have proven themselves and have always produced superior quality wines.  It is fantastic that this quality is being acknowledged."

He went on to commend his wine making team: "Our winemaker, Corlea Fourie, and her winemaking team have been fantastic in their approach, dedication and focus, working hard with our viticulturist, Heinie Nel, to achieve the very best quality possible.  My sincere thanks goes out to them for their commitment and enthusiasm."

The Bosman Family Vineyards cellar is located on their farm Lelienfontein, in the Bovlei Valley of Wellington, the wine region that received the coveted Novare Trophy as the Top Terroir Wine area of South Africa in 2010.

Bosman Erfenis 2010 was also the winner of the ABSA Perold Cape Blend competition.

Bosman takes Perold ABSA Cape Blend Honnors prior to
Fairtrade week

Corlea Fourie of Fairtrade accredited Wellington winery, Bosman Family Vineyards, walked away with the Top honours at this year's inaugural Perold ABSA Cape Blend competition, which finished in style during an awards ceremony in Paarl yesterday (10 November 2011).

Absa and the Pinotage Association announced earlier this year that the Absa Perold Cape Blend Competition was aimed at creating a signature style for the composition of true Cape Blends. The blended wine should contain a minimum of 30% and maximum of 70% Pinotage.

Fourie's Bosman "Erfenis" 2010 was the only Fairtrade wine on the coveted Perold ABSA Top Cape Blend list.  The other winning wines on the list were Idelia 2009 Cape Blend of Swartland and the Cape Blend from Wildekrans called Jake White.

"We are please to see that, again, Fairtrade wines are triumphing in prestigious local competitions," comments Boudewijn Goossens, executive director of Fairtrade Label South Africa, the local Fairtrade marketing organisation. He continues, "We believe these achievements will encourage South Africans to drink more Fairtrade wines - an exquisite combination of good quality and social and environmental responsibility". 

Bosman Family Vineyards "Sur Lie" Chenin Blanc 2011 was also nominated as the Best Fairtrade White Wine earlier this year at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards.

Says Beyers Truter, chairperson of the Pinotage Association: “The Cape Blend competition is long overdue. There has been much debate about what really constitutes a Cape Blend. Today we set the benchmark by specifying that Pinotage has to form part of the blend, but we also include minimum and maximum percentages.”

“Prof Perold dedicated his life and genius to influence every aspect of wine production. We guard the integrity of the name ‘Perold’ and are pleased to associate the name with the Absa Perold Cape Blend Competition. We believe this competition will go a long way in creating excellent blends in our country,” says Thys Loubser, Chief Executive Officer at KWV.

For 8th generation Bosman Family Vineyards and for Prof Perold alike, Corlea Fourie dreams that her Bosman "Erfenis" 2010 will be a Cape blend that will leave a proud legacy in years to come.

Bosman produces best Fairtrade White Wine

Bosman Family Vineyards "Sur Lie" Chenin Blanc 2011 has scooped the award at the recent Michaelangelo International Wine Awards as the Best Fairtrade White Wine from South Africa.

This is the first year that the Michaelangelo International Wine Awards recognise quality in the Fairtrade category. Bosman Family Vineyards took the honours as the Best Fairtrade White Wine and Stellenrust was awarded the Best Fairtrade Red Wine of South Africa.

The 8th generation family producer, Bosman Family Vineyards, have been accredited as a Fairtrade producer since 2009 and has quickly positioned themselves as one of South Africa's premium Fairtrade wine producers. They are the official wine supplier for Sainsbury's premium Taste The Difference Fairtrade range of wines in the United Kingdom. These wines that Bosman Family Vineyards produce on behalf of Sainsbury's have also been awarded medals at the International Wine and Spirits Competition and the Decanter World Wine Awards of the United Kingdom.

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Bosman Family Vineyards: Best Red Wine in Wellington region

At the recent Quest for the Best Competition in Wellington, Bosman Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 was selected as the Top Red Wine of the Wellington Wine Region.

Bosman Family Vineyards winemaker, Corlea Fourie, is thrilled with the result: "Our vineyards at Bosman Family Vineyards have been scooping awards for many big names in the industry over the years and since 2007, when Bosman Family Vineyards re-entered the wine producing arena after a 50 year silence, I have had the privilege of working with the fantastic fruit that we can select from specific rows in our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. Cabernet Sauvignon is so well suited for the slopes of the Groenberg Mountain here in Wellington and as a winemaker, my focus is really to capture the beautiful, pure, fruit expression of these special vineyards."

Bosman Family Vineyards, situated in the picturesque Bovlei Valley of Wellington, is an eight generation family story form vine to wine. The cellar is well worth a visit and tastings are welcomed by appointment. Two of their wines were recently selected for the prestigious Top 100 South African Wines list and their Optenhorst Chenin Blanc is a beautiful example of a wine made with grace from vineyards that will be 60 years old next year.

For more information contact Bosman Family Vineyards at to arrange a personalised tasting and Cellar Tour through their 250 year old cellar.

Bosman Family Vineyards Tantalizes the Tanzer Palate

Bosman Family Vineyards in the Bovlei Valley of Wellington, has been receiving international recognition from some very influential players in the global wine arena. The most recent critic to take notice of this 8th generation family wine producer is Stephen D. Tanzer, USA based editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed bi-monthly International Wine Cellar. His favourite wine from Bosman Family Vineyards with a rating of 91 points, was the 2010 Bosman Adama White, an innovative blend of 60% chenin blanc, 20% chardonnay, 10% pinot gris, 6% viognier and 4% semillon. 

His review reads as follows:

2010 Bosman Family Vineyard Adama White Wine Western Cape
(a blend of 60% chenin blanc, 20% chardonnay, 10% pinot gris, 6% viognier and 4% semillon):  Pale bright yellow.  Pungent, complex nose melds grapefruit pith, peach, underripe pineapple and crushed stone.  Juicy and penetrating, with brisk citrus fruit and peach flavors lifted by a floral quality.  A leesy complexity gives the wine more texture to buffer its lively acidity.  Very pure, dry and classy wine with a cool, long finish. - 91 points

Winemaker, Corlea Fourie, is very pleased with this recognition of the Bosman's uncompromising focus on quality.  "Our wines are made from the best 5-10% of our harvest and they go through some rather strict selection processes.  When someone identifies our quality and appreciates it, everything comes together beautifully and affirms the very reason why we exist - to make inspirational wines with excitement and intrigue."

Bosman Pinotage - best SA wine in USA tasting

The Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) – an independent, privately owned corporation that conducts monthly, professional, blind tastings and reviews of beverage products – recently completed their tastings of South African wines in Chicago. Results have been published on the popular consumer website, Bosman Family Vineyards (Wellington) received top ratings during this tasting with the Bosman Family Vineyard Pinotage 2008 scoring 93 points (all scores out of a possible 100) and the Bosman Family Vineyards 2008 Adama Red and the Bosman Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 both scoring 92 points.

The reviews of the wines were as follows:


93 • Bosman Family Vineyards 2008 Pinotage, Wellington. Fair Trade Certified

Deep violet color. Rich aromas of berry crème brulee, roasted almond and coffee beans, and tomato gratin follow through on a soft, smooth entry to a Fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body with vanilla cream, plum, and white strawberry notes. Finishes with dusty chalk and chewy cedary tannins. Elegant, fruity and subtly complex. (Tasted on Apr-15-2010)


92 • Bosman Family Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wellington. Fair Trade Certified

Garnet. Aromas of blackberry pudding, grilled peppers, and herbal marinated okra and tomatoes follow through on a supple entry to a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body with pencil shaving, lavender, and cocoa notes. Finishes with crisp, powdery tannins. A lively, interesting and appetizing cab. (Tasted on Apr-15-2010)


92 • Bosman Family Vineyards 2008 Adama Red, Wellington. Best Buy. Fair Trade Certified

Aromas of espresso, charred peppers and herbs, forest floor, and baker's chocolate follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with good depth and tangy baked berry and root vegetable notes. Finishes with crisp, powdery tannins. Very savory and table friendly; pair with lamb and pot roasts. (Tasted on Apr-15-2010)

Wines with scores between 90-95 are regarded as “Exceptional” by the tasting panel and would have gone through 2 rounds of tasting in the BTIs laboratory to ensure that the wines consistently are regarded as the best wines

The Beverage Testing Institute was founded in 1981 with the objective of producing fair and impartial wine reviews for consumers. Today, this philosophy still holds true. Over the years, our buying guides have appeared in the Wine Enthusiast, Restaurant Hospitality, The New Yorker Magazine, Wine & Spirits, International Wine Review,, All About Beer, and many others.

Other South African wines that performed well were:

89 • DeGrendel Wines (South Africa) 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Coastal Region. Silver Medal & Best Buy
88 • DeGrendel Wines (South Africa) 2007 Merlot, Durbanville. Silver Medal
87 • Saxenburg (South Africa) 2008 Private Collection, Chardonnay, Stellenbosch. Silver Medal
86 • Saxenburg (South Africa) 2007 Guinea Fowl Red, Stellenbosch. Silver Medal & Best Buy
84 • Saxenburg (South Africa) 2009 Guinea Fowl White, Stellenbosch. Bronze Medal
83 • Bosman Family Vineyards (South Africa) 2009 27 Rosé, Wellington. Bronze Medal
81 • DeGrendel Wines (South Africa) 2007 Shiraz, Durbanville. Bronze Medal

The Parlotones

SA’s favourite rock band, the Parlotones, paid us a visit last week whilst filming their latest wine video clip soon to be seen in selected stores and on the net. Parlotones decided that Bosman Family Vineyards was the perfect setting for their Wine Video Clip featuring their blend of Pinotage, Cabernet and Shiraz. They will call it a ‘Giant Mistake’ after a song in their album, ‘A World Next Door To Yours’. Contrary to some media reports, the wine was not made on the estate; it was simply selected as the location for their video.

Click on link to view movie clip

Adama Appollo Upliftment: 2 February 2009

Bosman winery and workers form largest collaboration to date

In a landmark joint venture, Bosman Family Vineyards and partners Adama Workers Trust have formed the biggest black economic empowerment deal in the wine industry to date. Some 430ha of prime farming land has been transferred to Adama Apollo Holdings, which is 100% owned by eligible workers on the farm.

BFV land reform news release Feb 2009 Eng Afr
Petrus Bosman land reform launch speech Eng Afr
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