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20. September 2023

Sustainability in wine industry; making sustainable wine

The wine industry is becoming increasingly focused on sustainability in recent years. Here are some key aspects of sustainability in the wine industry:

1. Organic and Biodynamic Farming: Many wine production wineries are adopting organic and biodynamic farming practices, which involve eliminating synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. These practices promote biodiversity by using natural and holistic methods to restore soil health and protect the environment. And bet for organic wine.                                                                                                                  2. Water Conservation: Water is a crucial resource in winemaking, and sustainable vineyard and winery focus on efficient irrigation techniques and water management strategies.                                                                                                                                                                 3. Energy Efficiency: Sustainable wineries prioritize energy efficiency by using renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power. They also invest in energy-efficient technologies and processes, like LED lighting, energy-efficient cooling systems, and insulation.                          4. Waste Management: Wineries are finding innovative ways to minimize waste production and properly manage it. This includes recycling packaging materials, composting grape pomace, and reusing or repurposing winery byproducts. Some wineries even implement circular economy models, where waste is used as a resource for other industries.                                                                                                                    5. Carbon Footprint Reduction: Winemakers are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint by focusing on transportation efficiency, using lighter packaging materials, and implementing carbon offset initiatives. Some wineries are also investing in carbon capture technologies or transitioning to biofuel-powered machinery.                                                                                                                                                                      6. Social Responsibility: Sustainable wineries prioritize fair and ethical treatment of workers, community engagement, and support local economies. They may also participate in charitable activities and initiatives that benefit the broader society.                                                        7. Certifications: Wineries can obtain various sustainability certifications, such as Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certification, Certified Sustainable Winegrowers, or organic and biodynamic certifications. These certifications offer third-party verification of sustainable practices and demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship. Sustainability in the wine industry is not only critical for environmental protection but also for the long-term viability and reputation of wineries. Consumers are increasingly demanding sustainable products, and wineries that prioritize sustainability stand to benefit both environmentally and economically.

How the wineries trying to maintenance a sustainable practices to get sustainable wine?

- As ecological awareness has taken hold in society, so has the wine industry, not only because of the direct benefit to the conservation of the planet, but also because of the impact on a better and more careful brand image, which is shown to be responsible towards society and the environment.

- The practices carried out in the wine industry range from ecological practices in the vineyard with the non-use of fertilisers and herbicides, thus favouring biodiversity and the authenticity of the territory, to saving water by recycling it during production, and energy efficiency through the use of electric vehicles. If we also add the implementation of solar panels, the reduction of the carbon footprint is even greater, get it a sustainable winegrowing.

- For a winery to take this type of measures is indicative of the maturity of the sector, as it demonstrates not only the social responsibility of corporations but also that of the consumer, who is increasingly demanding environmentally friendly wines and practices in the exercise of their consumption. In this case we are talking about sustainable packaging - avoiding the use of plastics-, reduced weight and volume to facilitate transport and the general use of sustainable materials.

Seeking this connection with the consumer, many manufacturers express their commitment in the form of visible seals and certifications, both endorsed by prestigious universities, certifying institutions and European programmes.

Do you know some wineries that make a sustainable winemaking?

This is the case of wineries such as Pago de Carraovejas and Château Branaire-Ducru that participate in the Second Winery universe and whose wines are part of our tasting kits, which also seek the sustainability of the wines offered.

Let's read more about this sustainable wine:

1) Pago de Carraovejas.

Its commitment to sustainability reaches several fields, always committed to innovation in order to achieve its objectives in areas such as: traceability, climate change in the winery and in the vineyard, precision viticulture, soils and biodiversity, biological control of pests and diseases, varietal and intra-varietal viticultural diversity, and the use of by-products. A true example of responsibility and commitment not only to the environment but also to present and future society in a process of continuous improvement.

2) Château Branaire-Ducru.

Has the "High Environmental Value Certification", which certifies its commitment to biodiversity, fertilisation and phytosanitary strategy; as well as the certification program "ISO 14001 Certification", which controls the environmental impact of the company's activities, and the "BeeFriendly Certification", which aims to implement changes in agricultural practices to combat the disappearance of bees, the preservation of biodiversity and collaboration with local beekeepers.

All this is summarised in its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, which integrates thesocial and environmental dimensions into the economic strategy, thus obtaining the "Bordeaux Cultivons Demain" label.

This commitment is also evident in the relationship with the local population, the team and the environment and by listening to and integrating the requests of the partners.