Celebrate Earth Day Everyday With These Eco-Friendly Wines
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and the planet. As we focus on creating a healthier planet, we are making an effort to look closely to what we are buying, and how it will benefit the environment and community. This includes wine. When you purchase eco-friendly wines, you’re not only supporting the of maintenance of healthy vineyards, but you’re also helping to protect the environment, and supporting the wineries and their workers. We have listed 12 sustainably made wines from producers around the globe that are prioritizing green practices. Whether it’s from using natural farming techniques or practicing biodynamics to avoid the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides, they are all focused on leaving an environmental imprint.
Located in McLaren Vale, a region that is recognized as Australia’s most sustainable wine region, Wirra Wirra has vineyards that have been certified biodynamic since 2014. Taking a holistic approach to vineyard management, the winery uses alternative crops mid-row, insectaries, native vegetation, sheep, chickens and bees to improve vineyard health naturally. Wirra Wirra has also planted 5,200 new trees since 2011 and is a founding member of Sustainable Growing Australia (SGA), an organization designed to help growers continuously improve their environmental practices. The Catapult Shiraz has fruit sweetness balanced with tart cherry flavor and bright acidity.
Situated in the Barossa region of Australia, the wines have been vegan-friendly since 2011. While setting aside hundreds of hectares of land for conservation management, the winery also ensures that for every hectare of vineyard they own, they have at least one hectare of natural vegetation. Yalumba is also a signatory of the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), an initiative that aims to increase sustainable packaging, increase recycling, and reduce package litter. The Organic Shiraz has a palate of violets and spice with hints of licorice, lingering plums and mulberries.
Fred Loimer’s estate in Kamptal consists of 65 hectares farmed entirely by biodynamic principals. He is a founding member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. The group seeks to produce the highest quality wines by treating their vineyards as their own ecosystems, where everything in nature is linked. The Lois Gruner Veltliner is a fresh-tasting dry white with notes of apple, lemon, radish and arugula.
Lapostolle practices ecological and environmental conservation by having birds and animals as a part of their vineyard management, which also includes attracting beneficial insects to their crops. Located in Colchagua Valley, the winery has prioritized the practice of recycling, saving and reusing water and energy preservation. Lapostolle was awarded with CarbonNeutral® delivery certification by the CarbonNeutral Company for delivering their wines in green and responsible ways. The Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon features cassis and black currant aromas with fresh cherry along with a light toast flavor.
The house was an early adopter of organic practices, beginning in the 1960s. All of their vineyards are certified as organic and biodynamic, and every wine released on the market is certified as vegan and is bottled 100% unfiltered and unfined. The Brut Réserve brings an underpinning of lemony acidity, giving an impression of lightness and freshness.
Domaine Michel Magnien had begun experimenting with organic practices early on, starting in the late 1990s in the village of Morey-Saint-Denis. 2015 marked the first vintage in which Michel Magnien used no new oak and bottled all wines without fining or filtration. Part of their production is now aged in small clay jars, with the goal of eliminating any taste of wood in their wines. The Bourgogne Pinot Noir shows bright and fresh red-fruit character with notes of earth and spice.
The vineyards at Valdipiatta highlight wild plants that grow between vine rows and cover crops that attract beneficial insects, creating a natural balance against predator insects. The estate received EU organic certification in 2018 and seeks to create an ecosystem that makes the vines naturally stronger and resistant to disease. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano encompasses aromas of ripe dark berries and black cherries complemented by subtler notes of spices and tobacco.
This winery located in Molise, is certified organic and gives careful attention to grape selection, harvesting, and vinification methods. They do not use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides on their products. The Ramitello involves a blend of Montepulciano and Aglianico grapes, offering aromas of plums, forest fruits, dark chocolate, leather and licorice, and a rich and velvety body.
All of Nautilus’ wines are sustainably farmed and vegan. The facility allows the winery to control the winemaking process and has improved the environmental footprint by reducing energy requirements and waste. The Sauvignon Blanc is complex and age-worthy, with low yields giving intense flavors and palate length.
Situated in the heart of Portugal’s best-known wine region, Douro Valley, Wine & Soul prioritizes natural farming by not using any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides in their vineyards. Irrigation is minimal and performed only by hand. Indigenous yeasts are used for almost all fermentation. It features notes of raspberry, black cherry and plums.
The grapes from Ànima Negra are sourced from more than 135 carefully selected parcels of land in Mallorca. The winery prioritizes natural farming where the vines are dry-farmed, not fertilized and chemical insecticides and herbicides are avoided in favor of biodynamic practices. This white wine involves a blend of Callet, Premsal and other local grapes and features aromas of white peach, pear, sea brine and jasmine.