Kunye - wine that makes a difference

Wednesday, 13 January, 2021
Cassidy Dart
Kunye, meaning “together” in Xhosa, is a nonprofit wine brand that celebrates the diversity of the South African landscape. All profits generated from the Kunye wine sales will be put into a scholarship fund to help people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa to further their knowledge in any aspect of wine education. 

It is hoped that, over time, greater professionalism in the wine industry will encourage a broader and more inclusive wine industry for all South Africans, both as an industry and from a consumer perspective. 

As for what is inside the bottles, co-founder, Cassidy Dart completed his Master of Wine thesis on the wines of the Swartland and his long admiration for the region made for an obvious choice. Created to be accessible, yet typical examples: a fragrant peppery fynbos infused, medium bodied Syrah; and a Chenin that is textured, apple-skin and guava, slightly tropical yet buttressed with a fresh, ripe acidity. 

More so, inside each bottle of Kunye is the hope of diversifying the SA wine landscape - a belief that wine should be more inclusive and appreciated by everyone.

Included with the purchase of any Kunye wine is a free 120 page, design led, South African focused eBook - an introduction to wine - available to download in both English and Xhosa. This is believed to be the first time in South Africa’s more than 360 year wine history that a wine resource aimed at the public has been available in an indigenous language other than English and Afrikaans. It is hoped, along with the education scholarship, that the eBook will encourage greater interest in wine.

Both the English and Xhosa eBooks are available to the public - a way of making wine knowledge more accessible to everyone. With bright colours and striking imagery, it is an engaging read for beginner to intermediate level wine lovers. When we know more about wine, we can make better and more respectful choices about wine.

"We named our project Kunye because, together, we can make a difference. Together we can all become wine wise."

For more information and to join the movement for diversity and inclusiveness in the South African wine landscape, visit www.thewinewise.co.za 

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