In the wine world we often associate high scores from wine authorities like Robert Parker  and Wine Enthusiast  with exceptional first-growth Bordeaux’s and 300-dollar half-bottles. Here to help break down that misconception is Partnership Vineyards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc , one of the first Fair Trade Certified Wines to receive a score of 87 among the wine world’s elite. This score not only speaks to the high-quality and subtle, yet complex flavor profile of the wine, but it also puts Fair Trade on the radar as a lower-priced “best buy” in the market of premium wines.
According to the Wine Enthusiast , Partnership Vineyards has achieved greatness with its “aromas of sweet pea florals, fresh grass, ripe gooseberry and preserved Meyer Lemon. The medium weight mouth offers slightly riper nuances of stone fruit but ends with a tangy citrus-infused finish.” This eloquent description speaks worlds to the quality of this Fair Trade Certified wine , as well as to the South African farmers, growers and producers on the ground who worked so incredibly hard to achieve these international accolades.
What makes this high scoring wine from Partnership Vineyards so unique is that in addition to the Fair Trade standards for social, economic and environmental development, the vineyard must also comply with the South African government’s post-apartheid Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment  program or B-BBEE . In accordance with the B-BBEE protocols, at least 20% of the company must be owned by black South African workers, and 10% must be in management. This puts in place the requirement that there be a true partnership between owners and workers. It was through this coming together as equals that Partnership Vineyards  was formed with their first planting in 2004.
With such humble beginnings, Partnership Vineyards has come a long way from the devastation and division created by the South African apartheid. Yet through its perseverance, dedication and strong work ethic, along with support provided through the Fair Trade network, Partnership Vineyards is topping the charts.
With the Fair Trade premium comes the opportunity for agricultural communities not only to invest in health, education and general wellbeing, but also in the quality of their product. Because Partnership was able to put money and efforts towards more efficient farming equipment, quality testing and education, the overall quality of their wine has been improving ever since. The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, imported by Worthwhile Wines , is a true testament to all their hard work. Just like all the great wine publications are saying, this wine truly is a BEST BUY!
Congratulations Partnership Vineyards!
To purchase the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc and other wines from Partnership Vineyards visit Worthwhile Wines online .