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Recruited from Chile to launch Chandon’s Brazilian operation, Mario Geisse (of Chile’s acclaimed Casa Silva) brought his family to Pinto Bandeira, Brazil 40 years ago. Realizing that the land could yield better wines than what was achieved through mass production methods, he left Chandon to focus on ultra-high quality wines made with traditional Champagne-style method. His diligent focus on understanding the terroir through many micro-terroir experiments, extraordinary quality control, skill, and standards of excellence turned him into the pioneer for the Brazilian wine industry. Global critics noticed. Jancis Robinson included Cave Geisse wines as one of 15 representing the future of the wine world. In 2014, Wine Enthusiast named the Geisse Winery as one of four Wineries of the Year (New World). Now, the demand for Geisse’s wines exceed three times the level of production.
In addition, the Geisse Winery is committed to the health of the environment, its employees, and customers. Using zero pesticides, the winery has adopted a Chilean technology called the Thermal Pest Control (TPC) system, which negates the need for pesticides. This technique protects and stimulates the self-defense mechanism of the vine, resulting in even higher quality wines - while keeping chemicals out their fine products. Geisse Winery further has generous labor policies and offers standalone family homes on the vineyard to its employees.
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This is an 8th generation family story of vine to wine devoted to responsible, artisanal winemaking. Since 1707, the Bosman Family has been practicing a deep commitment to people and nature. In 2008, the family initiated the largest land reform transaction to date in South African wine history, providing 260 full time employees with a 26% share of the business as well as its 430 hectares of prime vineyard land. In 2009, Bosman received official Fair Trade accreditation and were recognized as the 2015 winner of the International Wine Challenge Fairtrade Trophy.
The winery is known particularly for their special vineyard selections, masterful blending, old vine Chenin Blancs, and Pinotage. The wines are skillfully made in their 260 year old cellar.
Stellekaya Winery is a boutique, red wine producer in Stellenbosch, the heart of Cape Winelands. Stellekaya's winemaker, Ntsiki Biyela, is a highly talented, young vintner who has been honored as South Africa’s Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2009, and also the country’s first black female winemaker. Their wines are socially and environmentally responsible certified.
Ntsiki uses only traditional “pigeage” method in open fermentation bins. Stellekaya focuses on noble red varietals that exemplify the Stellenbosch terroir and meet international super-premium quality standards.
De Bos Handpicked Vineyards is a premium Fair Trade brand from the Bosman Family. The range focuses on specific varietal quality and region-specific characteristics.
With one of the leading vine nurseries on the African continent, the Bosman Family grafts over 350 different combinations of vine and rootstock. They have access to over 47 different grape varieties in their vine garden – a privilege enjoyed by only a few wineries in the world. In addition to supporting projects like day care centers, scholarships, and retirement facilities for workers, the winery is certified sustainable, a leading biodiversity conservation member, and also uses solar panels.
Wine for the World collaborative wines highlight talent and exchange across the wine world. We connect top winemakers from emerging wine markets with established winemakers from the US and facilitate the production of these unique wines. The aim is to make the wine world smaller, highlight exchange, and inspire wine lovers to discover something new. The wines are certified environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.
This is the first release from Helen Keplinger, Napa Valley winemaker, and Ntsiki Biyela, South African winemaker. Helen Keplinger is the proprietor of Keplinger Wines, winemaker of Grace Family Vineyards, Carte Blanche, and formerly Bryant Family. She was named one of Food & Wine Magazine's 2012 Winemakers of the Year. Ntsiki Biyela is the winemaker of Stellekaya Winery. She was named South Africa's Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2009, and her first red blend took home a gold medal in the country's prestigious Michelangelo awards. A recognized role model in South Africa, Ntsiki sits on the board Pinotage Youth Development Academy.