The wine industry is a significant contributor to the South African economy. It has been the livelihood of thousands of families for centuries. Go deeper and you’ll also discover that the roots of wineries in their local community go even deeper. That is especially true here in Bonnievale.

At Bonnievale Wines, it’s not all about work. Every end of year for example, Bonnievale Wines rewards its most productive cellar workers at a prize-giving. After the event the workers go on an excursion. In recent years this trip has taken them to the sea and Table Mountain.

At this same time of the year, Bonnievale Wines also hosts a yearly Christmas market as a fund-raiser for the village’s Herfsvreugde retirement home.

Throughout the year however, various community organisations and initiatives see the winery become an ad-hoc supporter.

“Wine has always been foremost about people – from harvest to the glass,” says Bonnievale Wines CEO John Barnardt. “It’s an important principle that we embrace as part of our business and as part of our community.”

We made a donation to our local Hospice during its March golf day fundraiser. “Your commitment to Hospice contributed to a successful function,” said Breede River branch manager Jane Phillips. “Humanitarian care in the Langeberg region will be greatly improved thanks to the donations from organisations like Bonnievale Wines.”