The South African wine industry took home most trophies and prizes in the Fairtrade Wine Committee’s competition for best wines of the year in London, and won the 2009 Ethical Award from the influential UK trade publication The Drinks Business.
South African producers won the 2009 trophies for Best Overall Fairtrade Wine, Best Fairtrade Red Wine and Best Fairtrade White Wine. The top prize and also the prize for best red went to Isabelo Pinotage 2008, while the prize for the best white went to Six Hats Sauvignon Blanc 2009. The title of Best Fairtrade Sparkling Wine was won by the Co-operative Fairtrade Cape Sparkling Rosé NV, produced by Du Toitskloof Cellars.
Decanter, a prominent British consumer magazine with an international readership, chose six South African wines for its top ten list of Fairtrade wines. These included wines from Isabelo, Hope's Garden, Thandi, Fairhills and two produced for the Co-operative Group.
Wines of South Africa, or WOSA, won the Ethical Award 2009 for Project Laduma, a programme to train 2010 wine stewards before the 2010 World Cup. Candidates for the training were chosen from the hospitality industry and the ranks of the unemployed. The project is funded through Fundi Wines, created for the purpose and sold in a range of markets, including the UK, North America and Japan.