COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT at GRAHAM BECK WINES

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT at GRAHAM BECK WINES

By LYNETTE HAAI
17 September 2009 to 4 October 2009

SENIOR CITIZEN OUTING TO ESELTJIERUS DONKEY SANCTUARY 17 SEPTEMBER 2009 (ROBERTSON AND HIGHLANDS)
The goal of this outings was to make it an enjoyable experience whilst simultaneously educating the senior citizens. On this particular occasion the senior citizens of the farms Graham Beck Wines and Highlands Stud visited the Donkey Sanctuary near McGregor. This sanctuary is a place of healing for the broken-spirited (both donkey and humans). Some of the donkeys retired here after 30 years of hard work, drawing carts or ploughs, or turning the wheel of a mill at brickworks, endlessly walking blindfolded in a circle. This happy and tranquil environment created such peacefulness, that the senior citizens found it truly to be a privilege and memorable experience.
 
YOUTH LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP BY HEARTS OF MEN 18-19 SEPTEMBER 2009
The aim of this weekend was to ascertain needs that the young people have to develop into becoming contributing members of their family and community. The theme for the camp was “who I am in my community”. The pillars of the program was *achievement *empowerment*acknowledgement and *restoration. All this was done through in- and outdoor games, group participation, doing collages and role play. The outcomes were achieved, through this enjoyable interaction. Hearts of Men and the youth left this workshop with a song in their heart.

MEN’S SEMINAR – 19 SEPTEMBER 2009

The theme of this Men’s Seminar was “The role of the modern day man” presented by Dess van Niekerk from Hearts of Men. The men were entertained by a band playing local music and the men participated in sing-a-along-songs. There were men’s choirs performing, Hip Hop dancing, a mass choir from the vicinity, miming and rap music. Chris September (a local pastor) gave a profile of his life that was very profound. This testimony touched the hearts of every man, because it confronted them with real life issues such as alcoholism, drugs, gangster life style and abuse in his home as this was the life he was accustomed to until he made a decision for change. It slotted in the theme and every man had a chance to take introspection and see where they are at this moment. Skills were given on how to transform and change and information was given to anybody needing extra intervention and individual counseling.

AFTER CARE OUTING – 24 SEPTEMBER 2009
Robertson’s after-care children love taking trips to Montagu Springs. Thus it was no surprise that they chose this destination as their outing venue once again. The relaxing warm water, lovely atmosphere and tranquil surroundings make this venue a wonderful outing destination. Ask any child from the community and farm area where they would like to go and it will be an answer like “swimming, swimming pool or the sea.”

HOLIDAY PROGRAM – AFTER-CARE ROBERTSON 28 – 30 SEPTEMBER 2009
The YWAM team from Worcester presented a three day holiday program. The program included using recycled material to make gifts; face paintings were done by the international YWAM team as well as friendly sport matches like rugby and netball. The program ended with a concert presented by the farm kids. The entire program was initiated by Susan Fouche.

AFTER-CARE AND CRèCHE FRANSCHHOEK OUTING – LE BONHEUR CROCODILE FARM – 1 OCTOBER 2009
On arrival we were shown a DVD showcasing the life of the Nile crocodile, this included information on how they catch their prey, breeding and how they protect themselves from predators. After this we were shown an albino crocodile that was kept indoors due to its condition. In total the farm houses 1300 crocodiles that vary in age and breed. Once the children completed their tour of the farm they were served lunch at the restaurant.

YOUTH GATHERING – 4 OCTOBER 2009 at ROBERTSON
These youth gatherings will take place on a monthly basis. The aim of these gatherings are to empower the youth to create, implement and facilitate their own youth programs. These programs will include activities such as Hip Hop dancing, rap, miming, singing and inspirational testimonies. The current facilitators are Octavius Mgada (choir and singing), Chris September (sound engineer and motivational speaker), Ryan Lass (Hip Hop, miming and rap instructor) and Margie Banda (drama instructor).

Graham Beck Wines – Awards in 2009

AWARDS FOR GRAHAM BECK WINES DURING 2009

January:

  • GQ Magazine (January issue) voted Graham Beck Wines, Franschhoek Cellar Door facility as One of the Top 50 Best Places in the World to be now.
  • 4 Stars Wine Magazine(February issue) and chosen as one of the Top 15 wines in the SA Wine Magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge – Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2008.
  • Selected by Michele Obama in celebration of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech of the US Presidency. – Graham Beck Brut NV was used.

February:

  • Wine Writer for Daily Mail, Matthew Jukes’ Top 50 wines: Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2005. “This was the most beautiful and rewarding sparkler at Cape Wine and it is still one of the best values in the world.”
  • Rated 91/100 points by Natalie MacLean (natdecants@nataliemaclean.com) – Graham Beck The Ridge Syrah 2003.

March:

  • Neil Pendock on Graham Beck Cuvee Clive “This must be the best MCC I have ever had.

April:

  • Rated 91/100 points by Don Winkler from the International Wine Review – Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2006 “…absolutely lovely, and difficult to stop drinking.”

May:

  • Selected as wine of the month in the May 2009 issue of Decanter Magazine – Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon 2008.
  • International Wine Challenge – Siver medal – Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2008, Siver medal – Graham Beck The Joshua 2005.

June:

  • Rated as one of Top 10 wines under $10 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine – Graham Beck Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

July:

  • Selected for British Airways 1st Class for 1 year – Graham Beck The Ridge Syrah 2003

August:

  • Robertson Young Wine Show Standard Bank Trophy for Champion Shiraz in Robertson.
  • Paarl Young Wine Show Boland Bank Trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc in Paarl region.
  • National Young Wine Show WPLG Wine show Floating Trophy for Class Winner, Category Wooded Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Mr. Graham Beck was awarded the PON VAN ZYL Trophy for his contribution to the wine industry in the Robertson region.
  • Farmworker of the Year 2009 Competition: Winner in Category General Worker: Margaret Harmse (Graham Beck Wines, Robertson). Winner in Category Tractor Driver: Freek Windvogel (Graham Beck Wines, Robertson).
  • Listed for Gulf Air 1st Class – Graham Beck The Joshua 2005.
  • Listed for Gulf Air Business Class – Graham Beck Shiraz 2005.

September:

  • Awarded as one of the Top 10 Sauvignon Blancs at the Bartho Eksteen Sauvignon Blanc Celebration – Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008.
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards: Double Gold – Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Double Gold – Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Gold medal – Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2005, Gold medal – Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2009.

October:

  • Awarded 5 stars in the Danish internet wine newspaper http://www.vinavisen.dk/ – Graham Beck Railroad Red 2007.
  • Veritas Awards: Double gold medal – Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Gold medal – Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2009.
  • WINE magazine TOPS at SPAR Sauvignon Blanc Top 10: – Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008 &  Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2009. (Graham Beck Wines is the only cellar to win this award for the third consecutive year, since the inception of this competition).
  • Wine Magazine (November issue) – 5 stars – Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2009, 4½ stars – Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008, 4 stars – Graham Beck Lonehill Chardonnay 2007.