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Charity helps launch Malawian wine in Scotland

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​The wine is made by a former voluntary services overseas worker and her husband in the African country and is part of a range of products being promoted by the Scotland Malawi Partnership

An African winery officially launched their wine in Scotland last week thanks to a friendship with the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

Linga Fruit Wines, based in Malawi, launched their seven-bottle collection at the cross party group of Malawi at the Scottish Parliament.

The move came more than 50 years after Rev Tom Colvin, an engineer and missionary from Glasgow and an enthusiastic fruit wine maker, took up the position as chaplain of the new University of Malawi in 1965.

When communion wine stocks ran low, Rev Colvin shared his passion for fruit wine-making with Timothy Ngwira, a student of Chemistry and Biology at the university.

In 1970 Rev Colvin married Timothy Ngwira to Margaret Gunn, a Scottish VSO volunteer from Lennoxtown, Glasgow, and in 1978 the Ngwiras started wine making.

They registered the company Linga Fine Foods and Winery in 2005 and after almost 40 years of hand crafting fruit wine, they are now starting to export to Scotland.

The wine is one of 15 Malawian products now available to buy in Scotland which have been made available as part of a promotion campaign run by the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

Speaking about the wine launch, David Hope-Jones, principal officer of the Scotland Malawi Partnership said it was one of a number of world class products.

He added: “Malawi is known for having some world-class products, and we’re delighted help build Scottish markets for these goods.

“Many of these products, like Linga Wine have their own story of Scotland-Malawi cooperation.

“All coffee in Malawi, for example, dates back originally to a single plant brought from the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens in the 1880’s.”

To launch the campaign to promote Malawian goods in Scotland, the charity is giving Scots a chance to win a holiday to Malawi which has been generously donated by tourism operators in Malawi.