At Dornier have a responsibility for the health of our customers and we have an impact on the environment with our buying behaviour. I March 2010 we decided to ban strawberries from our menu due to the concerns about possible negative health effects and in objection of the proliferation of hothouses in our beautiful region
Dornier Wines is investing in the future of the farm’s children by offering an after-school facility for Grade R to 12 children whose parents are permanently employed by Dornier Wines. The learning centre opened at the start of 2010 and is run by the Anna Foundation. Through their 3 R’s programme they offer the children literacy and numeracy assistance, sports programmes, guidance in right living and ultimately aim to equip the children living on Dornier with skills for lifelong learning.
Since we began cooperating with our Japanese importer, Tsukasa Miyake, he requested us to add a social element to our product. Tsukasa had studies in Cape Town and when he came back to his native land wanted to keep in touch with the country that had become so dear to him. No only did he start to import its wines, but also he wanted to channel the generosity and socially responsible buying behaviour of the Japanese consumer to do good. His biggest priority was the education for children in South Africa. Together we came up with the idea to add a special seal to each bottle in our Cocoa Hill Range.
From the 2010 vintage onwards, the wines of Dornier bear the Integrity & Sustainability Seal. Dornier fully supports this idea with a set of environmental and social initiatives in all areas of viticulture and wine making.
Sustainable Wine South Africa (SWSA) is the alliance between the Wine and Spirit Board (WSB), the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) scheme, the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and Wines of South Africa (WOSA).
Together these organisations are driving the South African wine industry's commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly production. We are not just advocating green, we are practising it!
Pebbles Project is a Non Profit educational trust focusing on the children and families in the Winelands farming community of the Western Cape. Our five pillar approach; Education, Health, Nutrition, Protection and Community is designed to address the challenging circumstances in which they live in, in hopes to create a better tomorrow.
We focus on the entire child’s life, from pre-birth with our Baby Box programme a support programme for pregnant women, who pledge to abstain from Alcohol and substance abuse during their pregnancy. Once the child reaches the age of 3 months, they join the Pebbles First Thousand Day (FTD) programme (3months – 3 years), at one of the Pebbles pre-school centres, where they are assisted academically through this very critical developmental period. From here children move on to the Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme (3-5 years) where they are prepared to enter the formal schooling system. Once children start their formal schooling, they will join the After School Club (ASC) programme where they benefit from additional educational assistance and other extramural programmes until they complete their formal schooling. Our School Leaver programme (15-24 years) helps learners make the transition from school to work or to tertiary education. Children who form part of the Pebbles Project programmes therefore receive educational support from birth until they enter the world of work, which ensures that children are supported through every step and phase of their education.
Dornier supports the Pebbles Project since 2008 through proceeds generated from sales from his Cocoa Hill wines in Japan.