Our Story

Citrusdal Wines is a vibrant company which fills an important niche in the regional economy. It assists local wine grape growers (its Fairtrade partners) by paying fair prices for their crops. This supporting role uplifts both the farm workers and the wider farming community. Fairtrade inspectors monitor the supply chain and Mother Earth is in charge of growing the grapes.

Our Story
Citrusdal Wines is a vibrant company which fills an important niche in the regional economy. It assists local wine grape growers (its Fairtrade partners) by paying fair prices for their crops. This supporting role uplifts both the farm workers and the wider farming community. Fairtrade inspectors monitor the supply chain and Mother Earth is in charge of growing the grapes.

Charles Back (well-known internationally in the wine industry as a farm owner and wine producer of premium wines) and Mike Paul (a British wine marketer who is deeply attached to South Africa) entered into a collaborative partnership in 2007 with several local Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade farmers to form Citrusdal Wines.

Citrusdal is a sleepy country town nestled in a sun-kissed valley with the Cederberg Mountains to the east and the Olifants River Mountains to the west. The river that gives the valley its name is a rich source of life to the surrounding areas. The fertile alluvial soils on its banks produce the crops for which the valley is famous: vineyards, citrus orchards, olive groves, rooibos tea plantations and pungent patches of medicinal buchu.

About our wines
Winemaker Jaco Brand, an accomplished winemaker and friend of the community, has a deep understanding of the local climate and expert knowledge of cellaring and blending. The red apples, dried peaches, apricots, strawberries, vanilla, spices, soft oak, wood and white pepper.

The deep water retaining soils of these regions sustain un-irrigated bush vine through the long warm summers and are tempered with cool sea breezes at nightfall. The reward comes in the form of small concentrated (grape) berries with well-balanced sugar, acid, tannin and colour, when harvested; produce exceptionally ripe and deep-flavoured wines.

The Six Hats brand encapsulates what Fairtrade represents to each one of us - the farm worker, grape farmer, viticulturist, winemaker and marketer alike - and it sets the tone for what we love to do every day, making great wine from great berries.

The Six Hats stand for the principles that guide our collaborations:
Partnership - To continually improve our collaboration as we work together towards our Fairtrade goal.
Change - To meaningfully empower the farming and working communities we touch.
Potential - To nurture and grow the potential of individuals as well as community groups so that they in turn may empower themselves.
Equity - To expand our commitment to Fairtrade resulting in a percentage of sales revenue being ploughed back into community development projects. 
Dignity - To recognise the contribution of all stakeholders and treat one another with mutual respect.
Sustainability - To continue to grow and develop Six Hats in line with Fairtrade’s guiding social, economic and environmental standards.

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