One in three bottles of wine

by Kelly, under Creative Commons 2.0 license

Tim Atkin writing in the Times estimates that around one in three bottles of wine now sold is from a wine co-operative.

The Union Champagne, for example, produces ten million bottles a year, from thirteen member co-operatives.

The fact that wine is produced co-operatively doesn’t necessarily make it better wine, but what you taste gives a better deal for the producers.

The top eighteen co-operative wines he recommends are: Plaimont, Buxy, Union Champagne, Roquebrun, Tain-l’Hermitage and Turckheim in France, the Cantina di Soave, Araldica, Settesoli, La Guardiense and Produttori di Barbaresco in Italy, Martín Codax, San Gregorio and Capçanes in Spain, Monção and Pegões in Portugal, Swartland in South Africa and La Riojana in Argentina.

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