6 eco-friendly wineries to shop this Earth Day

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with consumers estimate sustainability more than ever, the wine industry is working to keep up with the times and catch up. But at a time when greenwashing is rampant, it can be difficult to decipher which wineries are actually practicing what they preach and working toward creating a greener world.

While there are many brands with unique and meaningful missions to honor the earth their grapes are grown on, some brands have emerged as sustainability pioneers – with bold missions, unique techniques and dedicated years of effort. Here are six eco-friendly wineries that caught our eye with their missions to improve the environment.

The Hidden Sea

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Australian winery The Hidden Sea uses their red blend, chardonnay and rosé to preserve ocean life. The brand, which works with winemakers across the continent, has pledged to remove and recycle 10 plastic bottles (or plastic items of equal weight) from oceans and rivers for every bottle of wine sold. Whose goal? Remove 1 billion bottles from the ocean by 2030. The winery is already on a good way after it’s over 10 million bottles from water bodies in less than two years. In addition, The Hidden Sea’s wines are 100 percent vegan and the facilities run entirely on solar energy. The winery is also working to achieve carbon neutrality by the end of this calendar year.

PS Vineyards

PS is an eco-friendly vineyard.

Celebrating Old World winemaking techniques, French winemaker Christophe Baron founded Horsepower Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington in 2008 to continue his family’s long tradition of working alongside draft horses in the vineyard. Horses drive ploughs, pull cultivators and gently tend the soil (without compacting it like tractors often do) and keep the biodynamic vineyard running. Although horse viticulture isn’t the most efficient winemaking technique, Baron believes it’s the “more honest way of making wine” that produces healthy vines and subsequently delicious wines. In 2022 the winery was awarded Robert Parker’s Green emblem Status, a title held by only 24 wineries worldwide.

cake cellar

Cakebread Cellar is an eco-friendly winery.

Napa Valley’s Cakebread Cellars, long a leader in sustainability, was the second winery to become Napa Green certified. The winery practices integrated pest management, welcoming hawks to control bird populations and experimenting with vermicompost (using worms to facilitate the decomposition process). Cakebread also uses electric tractors instead of petrol in its vineyards and increases energy efficiency in the winery through the use of microturbines.

Vina Vik

vik is an eco-friendly winery.

Based in Millahue, Chile, Vik focuses on forward-thinking winemaking techniques and follows suit Aristotle’s theory of holism. With a focus on carbon neutrality, Vik has planted hundreds of new trees in the forests surrounding its vineyards. In the winery, Vik relies on free cooling instead of environmentally harmful air conditioning, solar energy and natural insulation. It also dispenses with artificial lighting for a translucent roof, saving energy and promoting efficiency.

Winery Kono

kono is an eco-friendly winery.

Kono’s focus on sustainability is owned by the indigenous Māori peoples of New Zealand and represents more than just a desire to follow the latest trends. The winery is guided by Te Pae Tawhiti, a 500-year Māori plan for sustainable enterprise that honors the land on which its beloved grapes are grown. According to the brand’s website, “This is not only because our Moana and Whenua deserve to be healthy in their own right, but also because the well-being of our people is inseparable from the well-being of our environment.”

Tablas creek

Tablas is an eco-friendly vineyard.

Renowned Paso Robles, California winery Tablas Creek may be best known for its delicious Rhône-style wines, but the winery is also a leader in biodynamic winemaking. Tablas Creek received organic certification in 2003 and used animals instead of chemicals to fertilize its vineyards. In 2017, Tablas Creek received its official biodynamic certification, becoming the country’s first ever Regeneratively organic certified™ Vineyard in 2020.

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