Spier is a family-owned business that recognises the importance of community.
To this end, we launched two Fairtrade wines, christened Frieda’s Vine, after the forewoman of our Nooitgedacht farm. Alfrieda and Niklaas Hanse joined Spier’s Nooitgedacht farm worker team eleven years ago with no knowledge of winemaking. Soon it became clear that Alfrieda had natural aptitude and was a respected leader. Before long she had acquired enough knowledge to train others with an affectionately stern hand, born from her genuine love for the vines and local community.
Nooitgedacht farm is managed and staffed by previously disadvantaged employees. Through the Nooitgedacht Employee Trust, they own 7.5% of both its land and its operations. The employees also benefit from the sales of Frieda's Vine wines. 45c per litre of every Frieda’s Vine Chenin Blanc / Viognier and Shiraz / Mourvedre sold goes towards the trust which funds the community upliftment projects that are decided on by the farm's employees.
Frieda’s wines were released under Spier’s Savanha brand and are primarily sold in the Danish market, although they are also available at the Spier farm.