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UK Indie Partner Merchant

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We have recently become the UK Indie Partner Merchant of Journey’s End Vineyard in South Africa. What does this mean? Essentially this means that we are their go-to UK retailer, stocking their whole UK range.

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Who are Journey’s End Vineyard?

Journey’s End Vineyard is owned by the Gabb Family, originally from Shropshire in the UK. The Gabb family took control of this picturesque wine farm surrounded by 20 ha of gorgeous vineyards in 1995. By 2011 they had grown the estate to 120 ha. Journey’s End Vineyard is truly a family affair with the initial investment made by Roger Gabb and now continued by his son Rollo after taking the helm in 2007. The family's philosophy is of minimum intervention. The aim of which is to create top-quality, single-vineyard and appellation wines that intricately integrate the tension between remaining true to the terroir, and finding their unique expression of it. In a typical vintage, no more than 25,000 dozen bottles of estate wine are produced. Many of these regularly collect trophies on the international circuit. In fact, the Schapenberg terroir has begun to draw a comparison with the likes of Bordeaux, thanks to its sea-facing slopes, excellent soils and the exceptional wine emerging from the general area.

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A few interesting facts about Journey’s End Vineyard:

• They are the only the 2nd farm in South Africa to be totally solar powered.
• They plant a cover crop in between the vineyard rows to detract the flies and aphids away from the vines meaning that they don’t need to use herbicides or pesticides. The crop is also a nitrogen filter and post-harvest they flatten this crop into the ground which acts as a natural fertilizer.
• They have 15 hectares set aside where they are practising re-wilding, where they replant indigenous wildlife and plant life species.

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• There are beehives on the farm to encourage pollination and to make honey.
• There are Egyptian runner ducks to eat the insects and Eagle Owls to catch rodents when necessary.
• In September 2017 they became Fairtrade certified.
• They are HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), IPW (Integrated Production of Wine) and BWI (Biodiversity and Wine Initiative) accredited.
• Community is a huge focus for them, with them hosting a series of pensioners lunches, music lessons for the children and Soup Kitchens. In November 2018 they completed work on the local school hall and successfully fitted hot water geysers onto the roof of all their workers' houses.

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• They are currently building 2 new school kitchens which will provide two meals a day for 1500 kids every day. These will be the main form of daily sustenance for the majority of these children.
• They are also Vegan and Vegetarian.

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And this is only the beginning. Journey’s end has many plans for the future, including the installation of bottling facilities, the building of a warehouse, barrel store and special venue for private tastings. Is there anything this Vineyard isn’t doing to help, the community and environment while also supplying us with premium, hand-crafted wines?

Their premium, hand-crafted UK range:

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