De Grendel is a proud member of the Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trading Association (WIETA), a multi-stakeholder, non-profit voluntary organisation which actively promotes ethical trade in the wine industry.
For many years, De Grendel has involved its farm workers on a shared-ownership basis and also invests heavily in the education of the farm labourers and their children, such as:
- Transport to and from school for all workers children living on the farm
- Free transport to doctors and clinics
- Tertiary education support
- Support with major medical procedures
- An after-care facility on the farm for school children provides a quiet environment do homework, get Internet access and support from a qualified educator.
The Graaff family founded The Montrose Foundation in 2008 to address substance abuse and addiction in disadvantaged communities. The Trust aims to set up community infrastructures, whereby people can become better informed about addiction, and empowered to access help through our various programmes.
The De Grendel horses are used in the Montrose Foundation’s successful Equine Youth Development Programme. Equine assisted learning is a unique method of working with people who are grappling with addiction, social and communication problems, low self-esteem and aggression. Through this initiative, the Montrose Foundation aims to make equine assisted learning an affordable and accessible intervention tool for use in disadvantaged communities.