How wine is changing the world: Wine Cooperatives

The Fairtrade Foundation teamed up with the wine Co-operative in Los Robles in Chile to help promote and sustain their wine market.

The Fairtrade Foundation is a development organisation committed to tackling poverty and injustice through trade, and the UK member of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO). The Foundation works with businesses, civil society organisations and individuals to improve the position of producer organisations in the South and to help them achieve sustainable improvements for their members and their communities.

Certification and product labelling (through the FAIRTRADE Mark) are the primary tools for our development goals. The backing of organisations of producers and consumers in a citizen’s movement for change is fundamental and integral to our work.

With Fairtrade wines tells a story; about struggling communities revived and renewed, about schools built, clean water supplied and hope restored. So when you’re sipping the velvety Argentine Malbec or Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, or celebrating with the Cape Sparkling Brut, you can be sure it means a fairer price is paid to the producer and you’re not paying over the odds yourself.

In argentina Fairtrade has also teamed up with La Riojana the largest co-operative in Argentina. As well as receiving the Fairtrade premium for their grapes, wine producers in La Riojana benefit from an additional premium paid by The Co-operative social projects.

The first year’s funds were used to install a new water facility for 381 in habitants of Tilimuqui, as small village near Chilecito. Previously water was delivered once a week in a truck, but now every home has access to clean drinking water on a daily basis. Now Fairtrade is starting a project to fund a new secondary school for children aged between 13 and 18 years old living in the Chilecito region.

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