May 2022: "Local Social Change"
We love sharing our wineries’ exceptionally special stories with you. They are stories of hope and stories of love, and these stories show the hearts of the people that make our wines. The wines we are highlighting this month are from winemakers with a heart for their local communities, who are using their voices and resources to change lives. We hope these stories inspire you the way they do us.
We’re also excited to announce that we have added some new wineries to our Wine for the World family. These are wineries that particularly contribute to the cycle of care and compassion through wine.
La Costa: Agents of Change
La Costa Fattoria Sociale is one of our newest wineries, and their story of community involvement and being agents of social change is an inspiration. They are committ ed to supporting people with emotional and physical disabilities and trauma by providing educational support, therapy, and on-the-job training, as they achieve their goals of becoming agricultural professionals and members of the team.
Every single label is hand-painted by someone on the team, a unique one-of-a-kind piece of art. The wines are made with organic grapes, of indigenous varietals from the volcanic area of Breganze in Veneto.
Vespaiolo: This crisp, white wine features floral hints of elderberry, followed
by notes of white currants and quince, before closing with a whisper of citrus
fruits. This refreshing wine is a must-have for the Spring!
Sarco: Red berries, geranium, violet and an earthy note characterize this wine.
This wine is made from the Gropello grape, which is light in style, similar to a
pinot noir. Pair this wine with minestrone, legumes, and poultry.
HER: Community Engagement
This month, we are extremely excited to introduce one of our newest brands, HER Wine Collection. An all-women operated company from Wellington, South Africa, the wine is majority black-owned and has a huge vision. The foundation upon which HER is based, as well as the overall mission, is of great significance. As stated by the Winemaker and General Manager, Praisy Dlamini, “HER is a brand that relates to the everyday struggle of powerful and graceful women from all strides of life....”. To the women behind HER Wine Collection their collaboration is symbolic of shared purpose and objectives: Female Empowerment, Social Responsibility, Mutual Support and Respect. In essence, “working together to lift each other up”. Praisy and her team have made it their life’s work to foster these values. They are active in their community and engage in mentorship programs to provide opportunities to groups that have been historically underrepresented in their field.
Chenin: We love Chenin Blanc around here! The varietal is often associated
with the Loire Valley in France, but in fact more Chenin Blanc is made in South Africa than anywhere else in the world. It is an incredibly versatile wine with a wide range of expressions. This one is a bold, fresh wine with pronounced tropical and stone fruit aromas and flavors, leading to creamy apple and green melon. It is a great summer wine, and pairs well with crunchy salads, grilled chicken and seafood.
Kita: Better Community for All
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, the Native American tribe behind Kita Wines, has always given back to the community. One of their goals is to make the community they serve a better place for all residents, placing particular value on activities and programs that expand opportunities for the least advantaged, protecting the environment and enhancing the lives of youth.
And alas, dear friends, as some wineries begin their journeys, others eventually wind down. That is sadly the case with the massively award-winning Kita wines. Helmed by Vinepair’s 2021 Winemaker of the Year, Tara Gomez, the first Native American winemaker, the winery has achieved, and pioneered, so much. The tribe made the difficult decision to shut their doors, and their wines will surely become collector’s items. The good news is that we have you covered. We
secured their remaining inventory and are excited to share some of it with you. If you wish to acquire some of their other wines, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
S’pey: An aromatic, medium-bodied red wine made from Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah. This wine is aged in both new and neutral French Oak for 30 months to developed a deep spiced flavor while still retaining the ripe fruit notes. S’pey means flower in the native Chumash language of Samala.