Soluna scoops three gongs at annual Fairtrade awards

14 November, 2008

Soluna Premium Malbec 2005 from Argentina has scooped three awards at this year's Fairtrade Wine Competition, including the Off Licence News Trophy for Best Fairtrade Red Wine.

The wine also won a trophy for Best Overall Fairtrade Wine and an award for Best Fairtrade Argentinian Red.

The winners were announced at the third annual Fairtrade Wine Tasting held on Nov 12 at Vinopolis. Entries from the three Fairtrade producing countries - Argentina, Chile and South Africa - were up by 30% on last year's competition, and were judged by a panel of experts including Sarah Jane Evans MW, Co-op buyer Maria Elener and Olly Smith.

The Wine & Spirit Trophy for Best Fairtrade White went to Isabelo Chenin Blanc 2008 from South Africa, which also won

the Best Fairtrade South African White.

Sainsbury's was awarded the prize for Best Fairtrade South African Red with its South African Pinotage 2006, and the Co-op's Fairtrade Argentine Pinot Grigio 2008 won best Argentinian White of the competition.

Nick Day, chairman of the UK Fairtrade Wine Committee, said: "The more we can encourage consumers to try Fairtrade wines and see the quality for themselves, the more benefits we are able to bring to the individual Fairtrade producers."

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