According to Charles Erasmus, CEO of the South African Wine Industry Trust (SAWIT) which is responsible for transformation and empowerment in the local wine industry, the experience that these wine farm workers gain during their stint in the heartland of the French wine industry is invaluable.

'It is extraordinary to see how passionate and committed these previously disadvantaged workers are about their respective roles in the wine industry upon their return,' says Erasmus. 'Not only do they gain theoretical and practical insight into the French wine industry at the highest level, but they return with levels of confidence that helps most of them fulfill more important positions on their respective farms.' (...)

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