Call for wine duty to be reduced to aid fair trade partners

01 June, 2007

Stormhoek supplier Orbital Wines is calling for wine duty to be rolled back to 2004 levels - allowing more money to be passed to fair trade partners.

"Over the past decade or so, duties have increased by £4 a dozen, sapping our industry of an additional £520 million a year," according to a petition produced by Orbital addressed to Alistair Darling, widely touted as the next Chancellor.

"This is money that should be going to farmers, labourers, growers and wineries that would enable us a s an industry to have a sustainable economic model."

It adds: "There is a big initiative afoot for our industry to embrace fair trade. The irony is that fair trade will only be window dressing for a business model which our government has made unsustainable."




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I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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