For winemaker Corlea Fourie, winemaking is a careful balancing act between nurturing the soil, the vines and the wines and exploring new and better ways of doing things in order to create something special. Fides is a shining example of this tightrope twirl. It's a naturally fermented, skin macerated white wine made from Grenache Blanc; orange in colour due to the time spent on the skins and pips. The Grenache Blanc is planted on decomposed granite soils as bush vines. The wine has a beautiful natural texture / a fine tannin backbone which adds a very distinct dimension to the wine. Rich and robust it has a complex texture and flavour and next level fruit maturation.
The first generation of the Bosman family settled on the farm in 1798. The Lelienfontein Estate produced wine until 1957, when the family turned their focus to their vine nursery. In 2007, the Bosmans returned to winemaking and released the first wines from the renovated 260-year-old cellar. In 2008, a landmark joint venture between Bosman Family Vineyards and the Adama Workers Trust saw the formation of the biggest Black Economic Empowerment deal in the South African wine industry to date, with eligible workers receiving co-ownership of 430ha of farming land. Many of the 260 full-time workers on the estate are from 5th generation families who together own 26% of the business. In 2009, the Bosmans� ethical and sustainable methods of producing and trading their wine received official Fairtrade certification. In 2015 the wine farm was the runner-up for Ethical Company of the Year at The Drinks Business Green Business Awards.