Florida’s Fairtrade Market Expands To Wine
Fair Trade Month has just wrapped up, however, it is something that is trending year round. There are numerous shops in Southwest Florida that specialize in all kinds of Fairtrade goods. Most people are familiar with fairtrade clothing, handmade goods and coffee. But did you know that Florida’s fairtrade expands to wine as well? If these are the kind of products you look for, I’ll give you a few tips to navigate the fermented juice world for Wine Wednesday. In addition, two that are perfect for fall as well as the holidays.
What is Fairtrade
Putting it quite simply, Fairtrade is a movement to help protect the well being of workers in developing countries. It is a broad umbrella that applies to working conditions, wages and overall well being. Fairtrade designations are found on clothing items and home goods as well as chocolates and coffee. Now the spotlight is getting turned on those who tend vineyard land and work in wineries.
Fairtrade wine in Florida
First, most of the Fairtrade wines come from Latin countries such as Argentina and Chile. I recently attended a free media wine tasting where I discovered several from Bodega Argento in Argentina. The are a leader in organic, sustainable and Fairtrade wine production. In addition, winemaker, Juan Pablo Murgia, was recently nominated as Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.
The winery is doing some really cool things and the wine are distributed in Southwest Florida. One that I got to try was a white malbec and the other was the classic malbec. These wines have the Fairtrade certification logo on the label. Always look for that when buying these kind of items.
Enjoy Fairtrade goods where you can find them.