Wine Stories: How to Fall for Green Wine
Eco-Friendly Green Wines are all the rage right now.
Wineries around the world are bringing green values to the forefront of their winemaking process with great results.
There’s only one thing that can add to our enjoyment of a nice glass of wine, and that’s knowing it’s sustainably produced with minimal environmental impact. Organic, sustainable wines have come far in quality and availability. This is great news as more people look to make natural choices, go organic and mind our planet. There are a range of green methods that wineries can employ in wine production. Here are a few tips to help you understand what is inside the green bottle.
Sustainability is the long-term maintenance of all resources used in the process of making wine. Sustainable practices can be applied in the vi15neyard, winemaking process and overall winery vision. A few examples include: composting, animal-power over machines, gravity flow winemaking techniques instead of pumps, overall emission reduction, and using lightweight bottles and recycled paper for labels. Many facilities are going green by employing thermal heating and cooling, using solar energy and becoming LEED certified.
Organic farming and winemaking is quite regulated, and being eligible for “organic” status varies from country to country. However, even if a wine does not say “organic” on the label, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is not a green choice. Many wineries use sustainable winemaking methods, and it can be argued that sustainability is even more holistic.
Biodynamic wineries strive to bring balance in nature and go beyond to give back to the land. The wine is produced through farming methods that embrace the larger, interconnected living system. Biodynamic practices integrate astrology to the farming calendar, farm animals, as well as the use of compost and manures in the vineyard. This information may not be on the label, but is as much a part of the wine as the winery and winemaking philosophy.
More often applied to coffee and tea, fairtrade has moved into the world of wine. Fairtrade wines guarantee a living wage to the farm workers, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing areas. Look for the “Fairtrade” logo on the wine bottle.South African wines in particular are well known for the majority of their wines being labeled Fairtrade.
and go green in your wine choice