The ISAW Foundation was started in 2007 by Stephen Satterfield and PJ Bullock. The Foundation functioned to help provide route-to-market for disenfranchised blacks in South Africa’s wine industry. ISAW also supported these routes to market through diverse outreach initiatives and platforms. ISAW recently suspended operations as the Founder went on to pursue a career in hospitality, currently as a manager at the popular Nopa Restaurant in San Francisco. This site will remain as a collection of the origins of ISAW and content from a new partnership with US-Based Wine For the World, a company with a shared vision of creating economic opportunity in South Africa’s wine communities.
Mission: The International Society of Africans in Wine (ISAW) is a US-based 501(c)(3) whose mission is building sustainable communities through viticulture.
Vision: To reduce poverty and create economic opportunity in Africa through the business of wine.
Foundation Platforms: Education, Economic Development, Advocacy: Viticulture (wine farming) is the largest contributor to the Western Cape’s economy in the agricultural sector. In 1994, for the first time, blacks had an opportunity to become landowners. 16 years later, there were only two black-owned family vineyards in South Africa’s $3 Billion wine industry. The ISAW Foundation was created to offer training for blacks (historically marginalized to grape pickers and maintenance positions), broadening their participation in the wine industry, and creating newfound economic opportunities in the rural communities of South Africa’s Western Cape Winelands. In short, the unfortunate legacy of centuries of discrimination is an uneducated and untrained workforce, jeopardizing the sustainability of an industry that employs over 275,000 workers.