Fair Trade Certified | Manitoba Liquor Mart

Fair Trade Certified

Manitoba Liquor Mart is committed to Fairtrade wines. Manitobans can enjoy a selection of Fairtrade wines from Chile, Argentina and South Africa.

Throughout the World, thousands of vineyards and wine producers specialize in the production of a wide variety of wines with unique flavours. However, increasing trade liberalization affects many small growers. They frequently cannot compete with large corporations and are forced to withdraw from the international market.

There are currently Fair Trade Certified wine producer organizations in South Africa, Argentina, and Chile. Just as each country produces its unique grape varieties and blends, producers in these three countries also face unique economic, social and political challenges.

Small family farmers cultivating wine grapes in Argentina and Chile are susceptible to low market prices which do not generate enough income to meet their family’s basic needs. This limits their opportunity to invest in improving farming systems, lowers productivity, and threatens their livelihood. Fair Trade certification ensures that farmers are able to cover their costs of production, supporting grape growers to maintain ownership of their farms against the pressure of large business competitors.

For vineyard workers in South Africa, the legacy of apartheid has meant limited opportunities for economic advancement. The development of the wine industry was dependent on slave labour. A special set of Fair Trade guidelines for South Africa has been implemented to support post-apartheid economic empowerment.

Large wine plantations depend very heavily on hired labour, and rely on seasonal labour during the grape harvest. As a result, there are many temporary labourers working on wine plantations. In fact, almost 4/5 of workers on South African wine farms are seasonal.

Without adequate labour protection, hired labourers in the South often endure poor working conditions and are not protected from labour abuses. Farm workers are frequently excluded from decision-making structures and are offered no special provisions for accessing health, transportation, and/or educational services. 

Small farm co-operatives also struggle. Many marginalized growers harvest their wine without knowing if they will manage to sell their crops at a price above production costs. These conditions, and the overall dynamics of the industry, are causing more and more small producers to move away from wine harvesting.

Small farmers' co-operatives and plantations that produce Fair Trade certified wine and wine grapes are guaranteed a minimum price to cover the costs of sustainable production, as well as a premium to invest in social and economic initiatives in their communities. Wine and wine grapes are produced on plantations and on small farm co-operatives. For this reason, Fair Trade has established standards for wine grapes production for both plantations and small farmer organizations.

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  • Douglas Green Fair Trade Merlot 750 ml
    $12.99
    750 ml
    Appealing bright ruby colour. Expressive black cherry, mulberry and dark chocolate flavours that tumble softly across the palate with juicy plum and subtle oak spice elements. A delectable, smooth finish with juicy fruit intensity.
  • Douglas Green Fairtrade Sauvignon Blanc 750 ml
    $12.99
    750 ml
    Pale gold with a vibrant green tinge. Overt pineapple, gooseberry and granadilla aromas carry through to a crisp dry entry and a surge of tangy tropical flavours that finish with a feisty acidity and delicate citrus twang.
  • Fairview Winery Shiraz FTC 750 ml
    $19.99
    750 ml
    Intense garnet red in the glass. Notes of vanilla, savoury spice and black plums on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with flavours of spice, black pepper, smoked meats and dark fruits. The wine finishes with well structured, firm tannins.
  • FRISKY ZEBRA SEDUCTIVE SHIRAZ 750 ml
    $13.99
    750 ml
    Satisfying sensations of black cherries, plums and currants. Finessed by mid-palate nuances of roasted red peppers and black liquorice with trailing tones of mocha and melted dark chocolate in a smooth, seductive finish.
  • FRISKY ZEBRA SENSUOUS SAUVIGNON BLANC 750 ml
    $13.99
    750 ml
    Satisfying sensations of tropical melons and citrus fruits with trailing tones of vanilla and honey with a luscious lemon - lime finish.
  • Goats do Roam Red 3 Litre
    $41.99
    3 Litre
    Dark red cherries, blackberries, plums, and cinnamon spice aromas on the nose. Medium bodied palate with silky juicy tannin, red fruit flavours, spice and a delicate lingering aftertaste.
  • Goats Do Roam Red 750 ml
    $13.99
    750 ml
    Bright ruby in the glass. Plums and red berry with cinnamon spice aromas. Medium bodied with silky juicy tannin and subtle vanilla on the palate.
  • House of Mandela The Thembu Collection Sauvignon Blanc 750 ml
    $11.49
    750 ml
    Tropical fruit and melon character on the nose and palate. Generous mouth feel is paired with crisp acidity.
  • House of Mandela Thembu Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml
    $12.99
    750 ml
    Intense dark berries, tobacco and chocolate. Fresh fruit burst on the palate, well balanced with supple texture and smooth cassis on the finish.
  • House of Mandela Thembu Collection Shiraz 750 ml
    $12.99
    750 ml
    Fresh red fruit with a hint of black pepper. Medium bodied yet juicy on the pallet. A soft approachable style. Drinks well in its youth.
  • La Riojana Tilimuqui Organic Malbec 750 ml
    $14.14
    750 ml
    This Fairtrade organic wine is an elegant, intensely rich red with silky smooth black fruit flavours, as well as notes of violets, plums and cherries. On the palate this Malbec is full and long with supple, sweet tannins and a complex finish. Ideal with a juicy rump steak as well as with all other types of grilled red meats and tomato based pasta dishes.
  • La Riojana Tilimuqui Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Bonarda 750 ml
    $11.45
    750 ml
    This Cabernet- Bonarda has been selected for its juicy blackcurrant fruit supported by excellent structure that the Bonarda brings to any blend. The Bonarda grapes originate from Italy, but have been successfully transported to Argentina and are in fact used by several wineries in their red wine ranges. Together with the internationally renowned Cabernet Sauvignon, the resulting blend is bursting with ripe, vibrant character - expertly made by the dedicated team at La Riojana winery. Best enjoyed with grilled rump steak, marinated lamb chops, pork chops, roast beef, casseroles and tomato based pasta dishes.
  • La Riojana Tilimuqui Single Vineyard Torrontes 750 ml
    $11.45
    750 ml
    Brimming with green melon and peach aromas, this unoaked Torrontes is dry, with a delicious citrus flavour and a crisp, lingering finish. A perfect bottle to have in the fridge ready for special unexpected guests. Try with fish pie, kedgeree or creamy pasta dishes.
  • Mongozo Premium Pilsener 330 ml
    $2.99
    330 ml
    Slightly bitter with a taste of hops, has a refreshing taste and easy to drink!
  • Place in the Sun Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml
    $13.05
    750 ml
    Deep, dark red in colour with dense concentrated flavours. Succulent red and black berries on the nose with refreshing, juicy berry flavours and a subtle hint of oak.
  • Qapay Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml
    $15.99
    750 ml
    This Cabernet Sauvignon presents you with a bright and shiny red color, intense red fruit aromas and hints of vanilla and toasted oak. A mouth-filling wine, strong body and a balanced acidity giving a long lasting finish.

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