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Founder Charlie Brain & Walker Brown
Headquarters Cape Town
Industries
Beverage
Sustainability
Website https://www.lubanziwines.com/
Press Contact Lara Färbinger
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About

Not your everyday wine producer- Lubanzi runs as a socially conscious company crafting fairly produced wines that punch above their weight and focus on using business as a powerful force for good in the world.

They believe in the responsibility of busineses to be stewards of the Earth and they take steps to ensure environmental sustainability throughout the supply chain. From only working with farms that are Integrity & Sustainability Certified©, to labeling all of their bottles with 100% TreeFree© labels, to being a 1% For The Planet member, to offsetting their carbon emissions via Climate Neutral. The wines are Fair For Life Fair Trade Certified© & are proud to call themsleves part of B Corp Certified community. Finally, but most importantly Lubanzi is built as a social enterprise, and commited to giving 50% of net profits to the Pebbles Project, a non-profit organisation that works with families who live and work on South Africa’s wine farms, providing them with improved access to high-quality healthcare & education.

Founding Story

Lubanzi Wines was born in Cape Town as the brainchild of two young travelers and now co-owners Charlie Brain & Walker Brown who were on the hunt for adventure and an opportunity to make a difference in the world, Lubanzi is a collaborative social enterprise with a story to tell about community, partnerships, and the value of the path less traveled. Inspired by adventure, the name comes from a wandering dog, Lubanzi, who accompanied the two owners on a whirlwind 6 day, 100 mile backpacking trip across South Africa’s Wild Coast, and who by some stroke of luck, brought this company and brand all to life!

Products

Lubanzi Chenin Blanc
Lubanzi Chenin Blanc $14.99
Lubanzi Red Blend
Lubanzi Red Blend $14.99
Lubanzi Rosé Bubbles
Lubanzi Rosé Bubbles $14.99
Lubanzi 'Rainboat' Pet-Nat
Lubanzi 'Rainboat' Pet-Nat $24.99
Lubanzi 'Orange Is' Skin-Contact
Lubanzi 'Orange Is' Skin-Contact $24.99
Lubanzi Chenin Blanc Can
Lubanzi Chenin Blanc Can $5.99
Lubanzi Red Blend Can
Lubanzi Red Blend Can $5.99
Lubanzi Rosé Bubbles Can
Lubanzi Rosé Bubbles Can $4.99

Team Bios

Born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia by two novelists and professors, Walker has a keen eye for storytelling and strangers looking for a conversation. In addition to the wine gig, Walker is a song writer and musician who plays the banjo and the acoustic guitar. He graduated from the University of Richmond with a broad focus on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

The son and grandson of two entrepreneurs and the great grandson of a professional baseball player - Charlie was born with a passion for taking risks and doing things differently at every turn, even if that means it might not always turn out so well. Fortunately, he's also got a knack for drinking wine and having a good time, so this whole experiment pretty much can't go wrong.

Retailers

Lowes Foods
Whole Foods
Drizly
Foxtrot Market

Affiliates

Drizly

Press

Yahoo Life - May 08, 2023 Lubanzi Wines launches a unique Orange Wine paying homage to South Africa's rich jazz history "Lubanzi Wines, a socially-conscious and well recognized producer of high-quality wines hailing from South Africa, is excited to announce the release of..."
Martha Stewart - Jul 29, 2022 Cheers! These Are the Best Canned Wines for 2023 ""Cans aren't just better for versatile drinking, they're also more sustainable than wine in glass bottles because cans require less packaging and are lighter, which means they requires less energy for transportation—and they're less likely to break in transit. When you combine all those facts together, it's easy to see why canned wine has become such a big deal.""
Wine Enthusiast - Feb 26, 2020 South Africa Shows the World Why Ethics in Winemaking Matter ""Lubanzi Wines is another brand that supports socially conscious programs. Run by the Cape Venture Wine Co., founded by Americans Charles Brain and Walker Brown, Lubanzi produces two responsibly sourced wines made in collaboration with South African winemakers Bruce Jack and Trizanne Barnard. Pebbles Project is the primary beneficiary of Lubanzi Wines, with 50% of the brand’s profits allocated to the organization. Lubanzi is also a certified B-Corp as well as Fairtrade and Fair For Life certified.""
Food & Wine - Sep 17, 2019 20 Sustainable, Socially-Conscious Wines and Spirits to Fill Your Liquor Cabinet ""From Swartland, north of both Cape Town and the iconic Stellenbosch wine region, the 2018 Chenin Blanc is certified sustainable and fair trade, and the producer works with the Pebbles Project to give half of the profits to the growers of the grapes. It's also delicious, with lots of stone and orchard fruit, flowers, sweet spice, and zippy acidity. Also look for it in a can, which is even better for the planet.""
Forbes - Apr 26, 2019 Two Young U.S. Entrepreneurs Launch Canned South African Wines ""Their efforts are helping to propel South African wines in the U.S.; they may also better educate Americans about that country. Their story reflects a confluence of experience, education and exploration. It also shares an appreciation of how mysterious events and beings—including a wandering, curious dog—can enter life and alter its trajectory.""
INSIDER The 13 best canned wines of 2023, according to our taste tests ""Lubanzi was created in Cape Town by two young travelers in partnership with South African winemakers, viticulturists, farm laborers, and humanitarians. This is also a wine you can feel good about drinking since the company is big on sustainability and 50% of the net profits go to non-profits supporting the communities whose labor makes the country's wine farms possible. I particularly loved the easy-to-drink and refreshing rosé, which drinks a lot like a prosecco thanks to the fact it is produced via a second ferment in tank. However, you also can't go wrong with Lubanzi's Chenin Blanc cans, which have bright notes of melon, green apple, and white peach. ""
FT's Banking Jancis Robinson’s best bubbly for winter revels ""Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.com T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email licensing@ft.com to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found at https://www.ft.com/tour. https://www.ft.com/content/a0fb84da-e2de-41da-8792-ef90cb1ac2f7 Lubanzi is an admirable South African project that does its best to protect its natural and social environment. This is pure fun, chock-full of flirtatious fruit sealed with a crown cap and labelled with a creative sense of humour. This would be so easy to love as an apéritif.""
Decanter 90 pts for Lubanzi "Chenin Blanc 2020 & Red Blend 2020"
Wine Enthusiast THE ENTHUSIAST 100: THE BEST WINES OF 2021 ""The selections on this roster speak to the epic diversity that can be found in the wine world, with an eye toward score and price to make sure you get the best bang for your buck.""

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