La Riojana is the world's largest producer of certified Fairtrade organic wine, located in the foothills of the Andes in La Rioja province, northwest Argentina.
La Riojana, a cooperative of over 500 grape growers, produce over four million cases of wine a year. The majority of the growers own no more than three hectares of land each. By working closely with these cooperative members, La Riojana ensures that all of their products meet the highest quality standards, while workers receive fair compensation. This cooperative philosophy is fundamental to the business.
La Riojana was the first Argentine winery to become Fairtrade certified in 2006. The cooperative has provided approximately $15 million Argentine pesos of support to members, workers, their families and, in turn, to their local communities. This has included investing in a range of vital services to their members and workers, many of whom live in remote villages with poor local facilities.
One of the most important projects was to establish a fresh running water facility, including a 160m deep well, for their members and workers living in the village of Tilimuqui, who previously had to endure desperately hot summers without a regular water supply.
The Fairtrade Premium raised by sales of La Riojana’s Fairtrade wines, has also enabled them to build a new secondary school, giving the children of their workers and members, as well as the children living in the wider local community, access to a free technical secondary education.
In 2013, La Riojana was also certified as an organization of small producers under the OPP (Organización de Pequeños Productores) program.
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