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DC -- Kosher + Sustainable Winemaking with Winemaker Simon Back, Backsberg South Africa

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 20:30
Cork & Fork DC
1522 14th St NW
Washington
DC
20005
US

This event offers a unique opportunity to explore kosher wines from a fourth-generation Kosher winemaker from a sustainable South African winery. The winery, Backsberg, offers Kosher wines: made under the auspices of the Cape Town Beth Din and the OU of the United States. The wines are Mevushal and Kosher for Passover. They also lead the way with sustainable vinegard management and winemaking which we will taste with the Backsberg Premium Range of single varietal wines. The objective with this range is to produce wines that express varietal character together with a sense of place, in an elegant and harmonious style. 


Backsberg believes care are for the environment implies care and concern for succeeding generations. Backsberg is fairly unique in that they are the only South African winery, and one of three in the world, that is certified carbon neutral. They continue to find better and more efficient ways to use their resources so that the land used now will be healthy for generations to come.


They are committed to the following environmental practices:



  • Carbon Neutral Wines

  • BWI– A Pioneering Partnership between the South African Wine Industry and the Conservation Sector

  • Bottling wine in lightweight bottles

  • Tree planting

  • Environmental Management Plan

  • Biochar Experiment

  • 10% of land set aside for the conservation of endangered Fynbos


Added bonus:


Discussion on Freedom Road, Backsberg Housing Project







The choice of the name Freedom Road was inspired by the title of Former President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom and the concept of “Freedom” from tied housing encompassed in this project. The first bottle released was signed by Mr Nelson Mandela at the Tynhuis in Cape Town.


The aim of the Freedom Road housing project was to create a situation whereby permanent workers of Backsberg could acquire title to their own homes free of substantial debt. That aim has been achieved.


The project saw two wines released under the Freedom Road label in 1998. These wines were primarily sold to the UK supermarket group Tesco.


The history of agricultural housing was that if you lost your job you lost the right to live on the farm. For us at Backsberg it was important to break down this tradition and ensure that Backsberg staff had the freedom to choose where they wanted to work without being concerned about the issues relating to housing.


In the process, people were enabled to acquire, for the first time, a substantial tangible asset.  Given the many inequalities of South African society, we saw this project as a wonderful opportunity to shift wealth to previously disadvantaged communities.


At Backsberg we feel that we have three options when reviewing our position in South Africa, namely: Evaporate, Emigrate or Participate!  We believed then and we continue to believe that participation is the only viable option.


The funding of the housing project was a three-way partnership between our workers, government, and Backsberg.  The contributions of the three parties can best be summarised as follows:



  • The government through the housing subsidy scheme made available to first-time homeowners.

  • The workers for their care, supervision, and management of 14ha of leased vineyards.

  • Backsberg for bridging finance, winemaking, and marketing skills and the making available of land on which to build the houses.

















What to Expect:
This event is aimed to host a select gathering of like-minded wine and food lovers who are eager to share wine, stories, laughter, and friendship. We welcome you whether you are an entry-level wine drinker or a well-traveled wine connoisseur. The wines we will sample are carefully hand selected by our premier wine buying team. Please, consider joining us in the midst of a busy week to unwind and take a break from the routines of your normal day to sample some amazing wines while listening to an incredibly well-informed speaker about regions and varietals you may not yet have visited or tasted.

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