Stellar Winery is South Africa’s largest producer of fine organic, fair trade wines. The cellar is situated at Kys Halte, just outside the Namaqualand town of Vredendal in the Western Cape Province, an area famous for its spring flowers and the only semi-arid Biosphere hotspot in the world.
Stellar sources organic grapes from a number of independent farms, which, together with the cellar, bottling and packaging plant make up a fair trade structure, the Stellar Winery Multi-Estate. Workers on the farms and in the winery, including seasonal workers, together own 26% of the enterprise through shares in the Stellar Winery Empowerment Trust.
Innovation is one of our strengths and since our wines first appeared on the market in 2003 we have broken new ground in both winemaking and social development.
Our no-added-sulphur wine range, created in 2004, has been so successful that today Stellar is the world’s leading producer in this category.
The fair trade programme began in 2004 and over the years has delivered to its beneficiaries a portion of the enterprise and developmental initiatives aimed at improving living and working conditions. The Stellar Foundation, a non-profit organization, manages development projects on the farms and in the communities from which the Stellar workers come. A detailed picture of the Foundation’s work can be found here.
We export bottled and bulk wine to markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. The number of ranges, labelling flexibility and in-house design capacity give customers a wide selection from which to choose products tailored to their markets.