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339. Fruit of the Vine, Stem and Stalk

A few years ago a group of Nicaraguans decided that when life gave them fruit they would make wine. They also make juices and jams. In 1986 an informal organization of workers began to gather forgotten fruit from farms near the bustling capitol of Managua. They sold that produce in local markets and reinvested profits […]

280. Aurora Wine Cooperative

On the 14th of February 1931, sixteen families of grape growers from the town of Bento Gonçalves joined forces to create the cornerstone of what would become the largest enterprise of its kind in Brazil: COOPERATIVA VINÍCOLA AURORA (Aurora Wine Cooperative). One year later, with a combined output of 317,000 kilos of grape the cooperative […]

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169. Cooperative, Organic, Fairtrade – Is This the World’’s Most Ethical Wine?

Sheep. They’’re the secret ingredient to La Riojana’s organic viticulture. Located in north-western Argentina, the cooperative winery already benefits from an arid climate, with little rainfall, cool nights and warm days. “It’’s perfect for organic growing because you don’’t need a lot of chemicals to control pests,” says Nick Day, the winery’’s sales director for […]

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144. Reconciling interests to make big business

The wine trellises fill the fertile valley floor of Rotaliana. It is often described as the most beautiful wine garden in Europe. Striking for its modernity in this region of Trentino, northern Italy, rich with Roman ruins and medieval buildings, is a steel-enmeshed three story office block with a low-lying grass roofed tasting building. This […]