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?




Visiting Chile

Officially the longest country in the world (due to Antarctica being included in its borders), Chile has many similarities with its neighbour, Argentina…and also many differences. Taking in such infamous areas as the Torres del Paine National Park, the Atacama Desert, Easter Island and the exciting city of Santiago, Chile can be a destination in itself or can complement any of its neighbours. On the whole a visit to Chile is seen as territory for those that are looking to be a little more hands on and get out amongst the nature.



Tourism in Valle del Elqui (Wine region):

The Elqui River runs some 140 km to the beaches of La Serena, passing through hills laden with vineyards and towns that have made blending agriculture and tourism a local tradition. This is Valle del Elqui (Elqui Valley), one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations and the perfect destination for those looking to connect with nature and enjoy a different kind of vacation experience.

 When to go
The summer months of January and February are the high season for La Serena and the Valle del Elqui. Hot days and cool nights are typical. The large temperature differences between night and day is one of the reasons why pisco is manufactured in the Valle del Elqui; the temperature changes lead to a higher sugar content in the grapes, which then go on to make particularly delicious pisco with high alcohol content. Keep in mind summer can mean large crowds and packed campgrounds (in Pisco Elqui). I went with a friend in April, and we were some of the only tourists in town. While there are some benefits to planning your trip during low season—discounts, tranquility, and flexibility, we also noticed a disadvantage. Some of the more touristic activities in Pisco Elqui were not offered, such as the nighttime horseback ride and star tour. Call to make sure the companies that provide these excursions are operating when you plan on going and expect that a few might not offer excursions during low season.
Source: 10 “Don’t Miss” Things to do in La Serena and Valle del Elqui (


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



FU20409 Pisco Cremisse 70cl

Pisco 40° 70cl


Red Wine

BIO lautaro Cab-Sauv gran reserva 75 cl

BIO lautaro Cab-sauv 75cl

Cabernet Sauvignon BOX 3L

Lautaro red 75cl

Fuego Sagrado 75cl

Cabernet Sauvignon 25cl

Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl

Equality Cabernet Sauv. 75 cl


White Wine

Lautaro sauvignon Blanc 75cl

Sauvignon Blanc BOX 3L

Sauvignon Blanc 25cl

Sauvignon blanc 75cl

Equality Chardonnay 75cl

Fuego Sagrado Chardonnay 75cl


Dessert Wine

Moscato Late Harvest 37,5cl


Sparkling Wine

Sensus Brut Rosé 75cl



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