Sustainability
 


Minimising our Environmental Impact

 

  • We are gradually bringing our soils "back to life" with inter-planting of grass (and green composts from this autumn), as well as adding compost from council collected green wastes.

  • We use native Sweet Chestnut posts for the trellis which have a very low (or possibly negative) carbon footprint and provide over-wintering homes for many of the beneficial insects which live in the vineyard.

  • Intelligent use of fungicides and herbicides to minimize their use and any negative environmental impact.  No use of insecticides.  Our wine has been tested for chemcial residues and none at all have detected by an independent laboratory, Corkwise.

  • Biodiversity areas - our grassy areas are planted with a mixture of native species.  Over 400 native trees have also been planted and old wood is left in the periphery for invertebrates.  In Nov 2011 we sowed 2 acres of wildflower grass mix in the vineyard, which is designed to assist bumblebees

  • Electricity used on site is 100% from renewable sources - some of which we generate on site

  • 95% of winery waste composted on site.  The rest is recycled whenever possible.

  • We are reducing the use of plastic ties in the vineyard - this year all the tying down has been done with low impact biodegradable wire ties.

  • We use only recycled paper (including for our newsletters which are printed with environmentally friendly inks), and encourage customers to bring their wine boxes to us.

  • We use minimal chemical intervention in the winery 

  • Bottles - these have been light-weighted, and for the first time we have just bought in 340g bottles, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.

  • Corks - We use high quality corks because these have less embedded energy than other closures, but we minimise cork taint through exacting technology. Corks are also 100% biodegradable and recyclable.  We are supporters of www.ilovenaturalcork.co.uk/

  • We have stopped using capsules for our still wines to reduce unnecessary packaging.

  • We use only recycled boxes for our wines (customers are encouraged to bring their own) and promote the use of reusable bottle carriers.

  • 80% of our wine is sold directly to the public, most of whom are local (we deliberately do not have a contract with a courier).  The other 20% of our sales is to local outlets.  This marketing strategy results in minimal transport impact.

  • We involve the local community in most aspects of the vineyard management and some of the winemaking process. Where ever possible we source local foods for the meals prepared for volunteers.

  • We are working on improving our responsible drinking messages in our shop and on the website.

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