Marketed by the uniWines Group, Palesa is a fair trade wine company that offers a wealth of South African varieties including Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage, Pinot Grigio, Rosé, Merlot and Shiraz. Both the Shiraz and the Chenin Blanc are available in pouch formats, perfect for quaint picnics or romantic days at the beach.
Where does the name "Palesa" come from? Commonly an African name for women, Palesa is Sesotho for flower and symbolizes strength, motherhood, consciousness and as uniWines state, "the ones who make a difference."
As usual, fair trade creates fair working conditions that allows disenfranchised workers in the Majority World to benefit from globalization and the world market in a way that doesn't exploit them as cheap labor. As such, Palesa works with farming communities in Daschbosch and Groot Eiland, which is in Rawsonville, Western Cape.
More than simply adhering to fair trade principles, Palesa supports local projects in farming communities including creating parks for children, providing soccer and netball equipment, as well as ensuring that children have the school materials they necessary to succeed in the long-run.
What is more, Palesa recently won a gold medal at the Michelangelo CCL Label International Wine Awards (MIWA) for the Fairtrade Palesa Sauvignon Blanc 2011, making in clear that fair trade is a win for all parties involved.
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