For those in the know Fairtrade Fortnight is the perfect opportunity to kick back and enjoy a glass or so of fabulous Fairtrade wine with an easy conscience, knowing that the grape growers have received a fair price and premium.
A huge range of Fairtrade wines is now available from all supermarkets and many independent wine shops.
Those to look out for include Stellar Organics from South Africa (not just Fairtrade, but organic too), Thandi, also from South Africa and Los Robles from Chile. These wines can be easily identified by the Fairtrade accreditation sticker on the front label.
Stellar Organics, from South Africa:
In 2004 Stellar Organics became the world’s first Organic winery to be accredited with Fairtrade status. Stellar’s wine range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, a Pinotage, Shiraz Rosé and single varietal Shiraz, as well as a delightful wine called Heaven on Earth. Made from Muscat grapes and dried on a bed of Rooibos leaves, this wine is unique to Stellar and is a ‘must try’ for any dessert wine lover. Stellar wines are made without the use of chemicals, pesticides or herbicides.
Wines from award winning Stellar range include: Stellar Organics Pinotage (Asda £4.98), Stellar Organics Sauvignon Blanc (Asda £4.98), Stellar Organics Shiraz Rosé (Asda £4.99), Stellar Organics Colombard Sauvignon Blanc (Sainsbury’s £4.99), Stellar Cabernet Shiraz (Sainsbury’s £4.99) Stellar Organics Heaven on Earth (www.everywine.co.uk, and Stanton Wine Company Tel: 01386 85250 £6.99).
Los Robles from Chile:
Award winning Los Robles from Chile combines winemaking excellence with social initiatives. Following a devastating earthquake in 1939 which killed over 10,000 people, the Los Robles co-operative was set up to help rebuild the local community. In 2004 Los Robles was the first South American winery to be certified Fairtrade. Los Robles wines include a Carmenére and Sauvignon Blanc.
Thandi, from South Africa:
Thandi became the world’s first Fairtrade wine following the Fairtrade certification of its grape suppliers in 2003. Since this time the previously disadvantaged South Africans in the small rural community in the Elgin Valley 60 kilometres from Cape Town have moved up from farm workers to land owners and brand owners of wines which currently lead the field in terms of their product excellence.
The fact that their ten Thandi wines are internationally acknowledged for their high quality and are listed in respected retailers in the UK, Europe, North America and Japan is a source of enormous pride to the community. Wines in the Thandi range include a Chardonnay £6.99 (Tesco, Co-op), a Pinot Noir (£7.99 (Tesco), a Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot £4.99 (Co-op).
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Notes to editors:
To arrange interviews with key spokespeople from the UK distributor or the wineries, for samples, further information or images, please contact Fairtrade Brand Manager, Harriett Gething firstname.lastname@example.org DL: 0207 418 1847.
Karis Hunt, PR Manager, Ehrmanns, email@example.com, or M:07971 161167 Office DL: 0207 418 1804.
Ehrmanns: is the UKs leading importer of Fairtrade wine, importing from Thandi (Elgin, South Africa), Los Robles (Curico Valley, Chile) and Stellar Organics (Namaqualand, South Africa).
The FAIRTRADE Mark is an independent certification label awarded to products as a guarantee that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal. The FAIRTRADE Mark guarantees: Farmers receive a fair and stable price for their products; farmers and plantation workers have the opportunity to improve their lives; greater respect for the environment; small farmers have a stronger position in world markets and a closer link between shoppers and producers.
The Fairtrade Foundation: is an independent certification body that awards the FAIRTRADE Mark to products which meet international Fairtrade standards set by FLO (Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International) the umbrella organisation that unites national initiatives across Europe, Japan, North America, Mexico and Australia/New Zealand. This independent consumer label appears on products as a guarantee that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal. Today, more than five million people - farmers, workers and their families - across 58 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.
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