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Sustainability: Producer profiles

Esporão 

Sustainability is nothing new for Portuguese producer Esporão. When the company was formed 50 years ago, its mission was to ‘make the finest wines at nature’s pace, with minimal impact on the environment’. It took 14 years to convert their vineyards to organic certification, but chairman João Roquette says they’ve seen a remarkable improvement in their land and in their wines. With properties in the Alentejo, Douro and Vinho Verde regions, Esporão represents 18% of Portugal’s organic wine production.  

The company carries out an annual pest survey to check which insects are present in each vineyard, so that they can grow plants that attract their predators. You’ll find rosehip, honeysuckle, pomegranate among the Esporão hedgerows, which also protect the vines from the Alentejo’s strong winds and high temperatures. Roquette describes the future of the business thus: ‘Growth means better rather than more.’ 

Esporão Monte Velho Tinto, Alentejano 2020

Portugal
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Deep blue-black hue and fragrant, warm supple dark fruits make this Portugues...
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Esporão Monte Velho Branco, Alentejano 2020

Portugal
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Fresh and appetising, this versatile and popular Portuguese white is on great...
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Symington Family Estates 

The Symington family have become one of the main producers of Port and table wines in Portugal’s Douro region, with the fifth generation now at the helm. They’ve been making wine there for 150 years, but the early 1990s saw them plant research vineyards in a bid to grow more sustainably. Their findings not only helped them refine their planting policy, but also took them on a path to organic viticulture. 

The Symingtons support a number of environmentally friendly initiatives in Portugal, including the UTAD Wildlife Rescue Centre, which nurses injured birds and other wildlife back to health. They also work with the Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, based at Porto University. The centre has identified two Symington properties – Quinto do Tua and Quinta dos Malvedos – as the last habitats of the endangered black wheatear (also known as the ‘port wine bird’). 

Graham's Natura Reserve Port

Portugal
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A brand new wine from the Symington family's organically certified vineyards ...
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Graham's Fine White Port

Portugal
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Sold at home and abroad, this crisp, fresh white Port is delicious served ove...
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Viña Koyle 

Cristóbal Undurraga of Chilean producer Viña Koyle is so passionate about ensuring his vines are in perfect condition that he actually lives with his family on the estate’s vineyard. He is adamant that organic and biodynamic farming is the way forward, and says shunning chemicals produces ‘cleaner, healthier grapes with more stability and concentration, better able to express the terroir’. 

Living at the winery also allowed Undurraga to observe the impact of flora and fauna – particularly, how the local bee population is attracted to any syrah grapes whose skins split, oozing sweetness. By sucking the sugar from the grape, the bees actually prevent rot from taking hold, allowing the grapes to heal and grow normally. As a result, a collection of colourful beehives now proudly sit around the syrah vines. 

Viña Koyle are also committed to renewable energy: the winery has 100 solar panels, helping to reduce energy consumption by 30%, and they also have plans to build their own 100% self-sufficient winery in the future. 

Koyle Cerro Basalto Mediterraneo Alto Colchagua 2019

Chile
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Now aptly named Mediterraneo, this excellent Rhône-inspired Chilean blend inc...
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Koyle Los Lingues Single Vineyard Alto Colchagua Reserva Carmenère 2020

Chile Carmenere
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Planted at about 500m, this Chilean carmenère has ripe fruit but also a refre...
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Lubanzi 

American friends Charlie Brain and Walker Brown moved to South Africa in 2016, founding Lubanzi, named after a wild dog that accompanied them for more than 100 miles on their backpacking travels. After partnering with winemakers Trizanne Barnard and Bruce Jack, the duo set about launching Lubanzi, with its ‘locally run, globally minded’ mantra. 

Lubanzi is 100% carbon neutral and Fairtrade accredited. It’s also a member of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses who each donate 1% of annual profits to environmental causes. One such cause is The Pebbles Project, a South African organisation that helps disadvantaged families and children. Lubanzi donates half of its net profit to Pebbles each year. 

In addition, the company is B-Corp certified, meaning it has met the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. 

Lubanzi Chenin Blanc, Swartland 2021 250ml can

South Africa Chenin Blanc
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Integrity by all measures, this new vintage wine combines tasty, bright and r...
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Lubanzi Rosé Bubbles 250ml can

South Africa Cinsault
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With impeccable social and environmental credentials, this pale pink, with a ...
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Villiera 

South African winery Villiera, based in Stellenbosch, has embraced sustainability fully, with a host of measures in place that confirm its green credentials.  

A rainwater harvesting system provides six million litres of rainwater each year; the winery’s boundary fences comprise rows of acacia trees, which not only suck up carbon from the atmosphere but also provide a home for insects, birds, reptiles and mammals; the estate also boasts a 220-hectare wildlife sanctuary home to game, vegetation and no fewer than 100,000 trees planted to offset carbon emissions. 

The winery has also made part of its offices available to The Pebbles Project, which enriches the lives of disadvantaged children and families from the Western Cape. It’s also accredited by the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association accreditation, which promotes fair working conditions.

Villiera Down to Earth Touriga Nacional-Shiraz Stellenbosch 2019

South Africa Touriga Nacional
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Ripe and fragrant South African blend of Portuguese grape touriga nacional - ...
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Villiera Tradition Cap Classique Brut NV

South Africa Chardonnay
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Villiera's first Cap Classique, now one of South Africa's favourites, a class...
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Camel Valley 

Cornwall’s Camel Valley is one of the most celebrated English wine producers, and is leading the sustainability charge among UK winemakers. The estate has reduced its emissions and has now achieved carbon negative certification. This means that its vineyards remove more carbon from the atmosphere than they emit.  

To reach this goal, Camel Valley planted hedgerows and perennial crops, and created permanent wetlands and woodlands to sequester carbon. The winery has also received Sustainable Wines of Great Britain (SWGB) certification. 

Camel Valley Bacchus, Cornwall 2021

England Bacchus
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Outstanding example of bacchus, the UK's premier aromatic grape, bursting wit...
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Three Choirs Vineyards 

Three Choirs Vineyards, based in Gloucestershire, is aiming for carbon-neutral status and has Sustainable Wines of Great Britain (SWGB) certification. The winery collects rainwater which it uses for irrigation, and has also planted trees among its vines to encourage fauna (namely birds and bats) to take care of the local insect population.  

Three Choirs Rosé 2021

England
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Made in Gloucestershire from both white and red grapes, including a dash of p...
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Dog Point 

New Zealand was the first wine-producing country to set up a national sustainability programme, and Dog Point in Marlborough is at the forefront. The winery has been 100% organic for more than a decade and has New Zealand’s largest organic vineyard.  

Cover crops such as buckwheat are grown between the vines to encourage beneficial insects to help with pest control, while 2,500 sheep roam the property in winter to graze on grass and weeds. The property also features pasture, ponds and native plants to attract birdlife and boost biodiversity.  

In addition, vine prunings and winery waste are turned into mulch that acts as healthy organic compost for use around the property. 

Dog Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
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The 2021 vintage of this New Zealand wine is not to be missed, thanks to the ...
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Dog Point Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

New Zealand Pinot Noir
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This is particularly good in the excellent 2019 vintage, fresh and bright but...
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Fistful of Schist 

Our popular Fistful of Schist bottlings are made by Riebeek Cellars in Swartland, South Africa. What’s different about them is that they are shipped to the UK in bulk then bottled in this country. Bulk shipping and UK bottling is nothing new (The Society used to bottle Bordeaux First Growths in the late 19th century!), and it has several environmental advantages. 

Shipping wine in bulk uses 40% less CO₂ and allows double the volume of wine to be transported in the same space. A standard container filled with bottles only holds 41% of the volume of wine shipped in bulk (in flexitanks). For wines destined to be drunk within 12 months, bulk shipping is definitely the way forward. 

Fistful of Schist Muscat, Swartland 2021

South Africa Muscat
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Grapy fragrant, with delicate aroma and flavour, and brisk acidity, this is a...
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Original price: £78.00 Current price:£69.00 Case of 12

A Fistful of Schist Reserve Shiraz-Cinsault-Mourvèdre, Swartland 2021

South Africa
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A tasty easy-drinking South African red of juicy fruit and an irresistible tw...
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Tablas Creek 

California winery Tablas Creek has practised organic viticulture for 20 years, and received biodynamic certification in 2017. The winery has its own herd of alpacas and sheep, who eat the cover crops sown between vine rows and fertilise the soil.  

Tablas Creek was the first producer in the US to be certified as ‘organic regenerative’, which focuses on soil health. Irrigation has gradually been reduced, encouraging vine roots to grow deep in search of water, meaning they can survive periods of drought. Regenerative viticulture also covers animal welfare and social fairness, recognising that animals on the estate are looked after, and that employees are paid fairly and work in safe conditions. 

Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles 2019

USA Grenache Blanc
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This complex Rhône-style blend from the rolling hills of Paso Robles in Calif...
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Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge Paso Robles 2018

USA Garnacha/Carignan/Mourvedre
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Traditional southern Rhône-style blend from the warm region of Paso Robles in...
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Louis Roederer 

Celebrated Champagne house Louis Roederer has made a conscious shift towards organic and biodynamic viticulture for the past two decades, a move it describes as ‘renaissance viticulture’. Half of Roederer’s vineyards are now certified organic – the long-term goal is 100% – and the estate has also carried out landscaping and hedgerow planting to encourage wildlife to flourish. 

Louis Roederer Vintage Brut 2014

France Pinot Noir Meunier Chardonnay
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Louis Roederer's Vintage style is full, generous and fruit and brioche-laden....
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Louis Roederer Collection Cuvée 242 Brut NV

France Pinot Noir Meunier Chardonnay
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A new release from Louis Roederer, a 'multi vintage' blend of chardonnay 42%,...
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