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The first generation of the Bosman family Hermanus, arrived on Leliefontein farm in 1798. Following a history of producing wines, in the fifties the family turned their focus to creating a vine nursery—they now own in Groenberg, Wellington, Africa's largest vine nursery. Another fifty years on and in 2007, Petrus Bosman, eighth generation, returned to making wines and renovated the 260-year-old cellar.
The Bosman family is committed to improving social, economic and environmental practices and are part of the largest Black Economic Empowerment project in the South African wine industry. The estate employs 260 full-time workers many of whom are themselves fifth-generation families who have lived and worked on the farm and who now own 26% of the business and farmland. All employees are encouraged and given the resources to challenge themselves and dream big.
To learn about the Bosman Family Vineyards, view the video.
During its recent trip to South Africa, the Opimian team met Rita Andreas. Born on the farm, she started as a general worker and went on to work in the office, becoming head of HR and Chairman of the Trust. Rita is now elected councillor. Her personal mission is to become South Africa's Minister of Agriculture. One of the most inspirational people we have ever met.
Thank you for being part of this initiative.
To view Rita's story, click on the video below
During the current Cellar Offering, featuring South Africa, Rhône, Alsace, Paul Sapin Southern Hemisphere, Champagne, Cognac and Whisky (Cellar 263), Opimian is organizing a fundraising initiative to benefit the Adama Trust Foundation.
From December 14, 2018 to January 18, 2019, Opimian will donate the $40 administrative fee collected from all new members to the Adama Trust Foundation located in Wellington, South Africa.
Members who wish to donate can also call the member services team at 1-800-361-9421
Please note that Opimian Wine Club de Vin cannot issue a charity receipt as the Adama Trust Foundation is not registered in Canada.