Fairtrade wines court UK off-trade at second tasting event

19 October, 2007

More than 120 Fairtrade wines from 18 producers will be available to taste at the second annual tasting next month.

Wines from co-operatives in

Argentina, Chile and South Africa will be on show at the event at Vinopolis in London on Nov 1 with a wider range than last year.

Winners of the first Fairtrade Wine Awards, organised by a committee of the UK wine trade, will be announced at the tasting.

Chairman Nick Day, of importer Ehrmanns, said: "It is great to be working with so many licensees who are committed to promoting and distributing their Fairtrade wines as widely as possible."

Emma Sundt, business development officer at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: "The UK is by far the biggest consumer of Fairtrade wine, with 2.5 million litres sold last year alone, representing a market value of £7 million."

The exhibitors, who are also UK Fairtrade Committee members, are La Riojana, The Co-op, Ehrmanns, Equality Wines, Origin Wine, PLB Group, Arlington Vintners, Traidcraft and Brand New World.

For details or to register attendance call Julia Trustram Eve on 01536 772263 or e-mail julia.teve@virgin.net.

Fairtrade tasting snapshot

The Co-op will reveal three new wines, including two at reserve level

Origin Wine has new wines in its Fairhills Argentina and South African ranges, a new South Arican Pinot Grigio and a low alcohol range to show

Ehrmanns will be showing its new premium Fairtrade Soluna wine range and will be joined by representatives from Chilean Los Robles and South Africa's Stellar Organics.

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