Earth Day is April 22 and this is a great time of year to support wineries that are maintaining sustainable, Earth-friendly practices.
New Zealand winery Villa Maria is well known for its Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc and Private Bin Pinot Noir—both of which feature packaging made from 70% recycled materials, making them great options for Earth Day.
Here’s a quick glimpse into some of the ways Villa Maria is reducing its carbon footprint:
- 500 sheep to graze its vineyards to help control the growth of grass, provide natural fertilizer for the wines, and to pluck leaves from the vine canopy as needed.
- Wildflowers planted between the rows of Villa Maria’s organically managed vineyards add diversity, help the soil structure and attract beneficial insects to ward off pests that would otherwise require the use of pesticides.
- Villa Maria’s Auckland warehouse features a night air cooling system, importing night air into the warehouse where the wine acts as a giant “chill pack” to maintain optimum temperature
- All these great activities have led to significant carbon reductions
- Villa Maria has reduced its carbon and electricity use by 25% per liter of wine since 2010.
- 70% of the packaging for Villa Maria’s Private Bin wines are now made from recycled materials.
I love supporting sustainable winemaking practices and it's clear that Villa Maria is a leader in this area. Happy Earth Day! Which Earth-friendly wines will be in your glass this year?