On its 20th anniversary, Fairtrade Fortnight has a lot to celebrate. It has resulted in more than 11 million litres of Fairtrade wine being consumed in the UK in 2013, and 78% of us now recognise the iconic blue and green Fairtrade tag which signals some great value vino that tastes rather good.
With a co-operative to support them, small-scale growers from sunny wineries in South Africa and South America can help plough money back into the community and improve the quality of their lives. Here are some top picks of supermarket Fairtrade wines, at a fair price...
The Co-operative Food has a new rose release that looks set to fly off the shelves – Fairtrade Co-op Malbec Rose 2014, Argentina (£4.99, The Co-operative). Don’t be deceived by the delicate, petal pink, this rose is approachable, rich and fruity, with a hint of blackberries on the palette and boasts a wonderful crisp touch.
From the same cellars of the La Riojana co-operative, The Co-op’s flagship Fairtrade Truly Irresistible Malbec 2013, Argentina (£7.49 from £8.49, The Co-operative) is smooth and inviting with jammy aromas and exhibiting dark plums, kirsch, sweet spice and chocolate, with a smidgen of vanilla on the richly textured finish from time spent in oak.
Fairhills’ partnership with Tesco has produced two very quaffable wines. Fairhills Cape Original Chenin Blanc Grenache 2014, South Africa (£5.99, Tesco) is brimming with tropical fruits and the splash of grenache brings some lemon peel to balance the fruity melon flavours; while Fairhills Cape Original Shiraz Malbec 2013, South Africa (£5.99, Tesco) has all the dark, plummy fruit you’d expect, with an added spicy element from the shiraz.