This year’s theme for Fairtrade Fortnight (February 25-March 10) is ‘Take a Step’ - and the Fairtrade initiative has certainly progressed by leaps and bounds.
Wine lovers drawn to the iconic blue and green tag are not only rewarded with a delicious glass from one of the world’s premier wine regions, but it’s a pleasurable way to support farmers and workers in the foundation’s projects.
To sip for a good cause, here are some terrific tipples which offer value for money and meet the standards laid down by Fairtrade.
South Africadominates the market, which is great news for Cape lovers as its grape varieties rank among our favourites.
Named after the Indian runner ducks that race around South Africa’s largest organic farm and act as a natural pest control, try Stellar Organics Running Duck, Chenin/Sauvignon 2012, Western Cape, SA (£7.95, www.tanners-wines.co.uk). A crisp, refreshing blend of peachy chenin fruit and grassy sauvignon, it’s delightfully free of any unappealing acidity found in some cheaper chenin blanc and it comes highly recommended.
Another bright white that makes it easy to support green, try Usizo Fairtrade Colombard Sauvignon Blanc 2012, SA (£8.49, www.virginwines.co.uk). The blend of colombard adds some vibrant tropical flavours combined with a limey zestiness and hint of vanilla oak on the finish.