All aboard… Indaba Wines

Bruwer Raats with Joanne Hayward at the SAA wine awards.

Indaba Wines will feature on South African Airways for a third consecutive year, as announced at the SAA 2017 Wine Listing awards ceremony, held at Spier Wine Estate last week.

The Indaba Chenin Blanc 2016, the Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and the Indaba Mosaic Bordeaux Red Blend 2016 produced by Cape Classics, will be packaged in recyclable, 187ml burgundy shaped, PET bottles and will be available in Economy Class on both domestic and internationl flights.

Indaba Wines have been crafted by winemaker Bruwer Raats since 2008.

Mr Raats, also proprietor and winemaker of internationally acclaimed Raats Family Wines, brings extensive knowledge and a personal devotion to Indaba, overseeing the sourcing of varietal components and creating handcrafted wines.

“We are delighted that SAA has again recognised Indaba Wines,” said Andre Shearer, chief executive officer and co-founder of Cape Classics.

“Every bottle of our wines is crafted under strict guidelines requiring eco-friendly wine production and sustainable agricultural, manufacturing and packaging practices. We have long term, sustainable partners and take careful measures to ensure conservation and sustainability remain a top priority,” he said.

A portion of all global sales of the Indaba Wine brand support the Indaba Education Fund (IEF), established by Cape Classics.

The IEF is a nonprofit organization providing early childhood teacher training, learning materials, and educational infrastructure to young, at-risk children living in the South African Winelands.

“A core element of our partnership with SAA is our shared vision to transform the educational landscape for the most marginalized children of the wine industry” said Mr Shearer.

“By choosing our bottlings, passengers are not only receiving a handcrafted, sustainably produced, and delicious wine, but they are also supporting the efforts of the IEF to dramatically improve educational opportunities for Winelands children – allowing them the chance for a brighter future,” he said.