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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown|
The Six Hats range of Fairtrade wines was launched in 2009 and is one of a growing range of South African Fairtrade Wines in the market. It comes from Citrusdal, a small agricultural town approximately 170km from Cape Town. The Citrusdal Wines Cellar is in the heart of the town and was initially formed as a co-operative in 1957. In 2007, it was restructured by Charles Back, and is now a collaborative partnership between a number of Fairtrade farmers and Mike Paul, a leading UK wine marketer. Six principles (the "Six Hats") form the core philosophy: "Partnership, Potential, Change, Equity, Dignity, and Sustainability". Minimum prices are set for grapes and an additional percentage of the sales are given back to the community where it is used to build schools, clinics, and other projects. This delicious pinotage comes from grapes handpicked from Fairtrade vineyards in the Piekenierskloof region within Swartland. It explodes with ripe red fruit accented with a streak of savory smoke on a plush, smooth finish. Sustainably grown.