Fair Trade Impact for Small-scale Winegrowers and Workers


You will also find tourist information below.


Wine has been socially and culturally significant to human society for thousands of years. Today there are many thousands of vineyards and wineries around the world producing a wide variety of uniquely flavourful wines. However, in developing countries many small-scale wine growers struggle because of unsustainable trade practices and workers on large wine estates frequently have to cultivate wine grapes under very poor working conditions.


To support smallholder wine growers, workers and estate owners that want to produce their wine under fair conditions, Fair Trade began to certify wine in 2003. Today, wine enthusiasts as well as occasional consumers can choose from a wide range of Fair Trade wines of different colours, grape types, tastes and aromas.


Fair Trade wine comes from Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Lebanon.


Vineyards that are Fair Trade certified are entitled to receive at the least the Fair Trade Minimum Price, when they sell their wine (grapes) to a trader on Fairtrade terms. This protects smallholder winegrowers and vineyards with workers from sudden drops in the world wine grape markets and enables them to plan beyond the next planting and harvesting cycle. The Fair Trade Minimum Price for wine (grapes) varies depending on the cost of living and business in each area of origin and on its cultivation method (it is higher for organic than for conventional cultivation).


While the Fair Trade Minimum Price provides winegrowers with the means to sustain their operations, the Fair Trade Premium - a fixed amount paid on top of the sales price - enables small-scale farmers and vineyard workers to invest in social, economic and environmental improvements. Smallholder winegrower cooperatives collect the Premium payments on behalf of their members, who decide how the funds shall be spent, for instance for new harvesting and processing equipment or education facilities for their children.


Beyond the financial benefits, Fair Trade also has other impact on the work and lives of wine growing farmers and workers. Fair Trade has rigid health and safety standards to protect their wellbeing as well as that of nearby communities and ecosystems. For instance, Fair Trade bans the usage of some highly toxic agro-chemicals that are often sprayed in vineyards and prescribes rules for the safe application of less toxic ones.


In addition to the purchase of Fair Trade wines from these countries, consider also visiting them — enjoying a holiday there, and by so doing, helping their local economy at the same time?




Tourism in La Rioja, Argentina:

The Province of La Rioja features dreamed-of scenes in the Andes Mountain Range which turn out to be perfect for adventure travel and outdoor activities. In addition to its winery tradition, olive oil making has become quite successful in the last few years, with family businesses scattered all around the province and becoming an attraction themselves.


Small Famatina is one of the most avant-garde cities in La Rioja. Well-known for its mining history - today open to visitors through La Mexicana-, its high hills attracts air sports enthusiasts with paragliding and hang-gliding being the most popular options. The festival known as La Fiesta de la Chaya Riojana is a national event that is becoming increasingly fashionable. Local and international artists perform on stage and thousands of tourists want to take part in the celebrations in which flour plays a major part - the whitening of all in attendance.

Source: The Travel Guide to Argentina (


When to go 

Best time to visit Argentina Wine Regions Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja and Cafayate

The autumn months of March and April are the best time to visit both Mendoza and the wine regions in the north, coinciding with the harvest when wineries are bustling with activity. For those that want to get involved in the wine making process, this period is ideal, coupled with mild temperatures favourable for exploring the surrounding viticultural landscapes.

The planting season begins in October, making this another interesting time to visit, with temperatures gradually warming through to the peak summer season when European visitors arrive to escape the cold winter temperatures back home.

Source: When is the best time to visit Argentina? (



Fairtrade Product(s) from Argentina on Foods4U's Webshop (For more on product, click on product name) :


Red Wine

BIO La Posada Malbec 75 cl

Merlot 75cl

RAZA Syrah Gran Reserva 75cl

RAZA Malbec Reserva 75cl


White Wine

BIO La Posada Torrontés 75 cl

RAZA Torrontès Reserva 75cl



Bio Malbec Rosé 75cl  




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