Anna Chilton on sustainability in wine, soil health and more

By Tobias Webb
Here’s a recent interview I did with Anna Chilton, who is studying to be a master of wine, and works for an agricultural producer, Camellia.

In the podcast we discuss what sustainability means in wine today, soil health and better practices, and what other industries, particularly in agriculture, might learn from the studies and practices in the wine sector, particularly around sustainability.

Camellia also owns a winery (Linton Park) in South Africa.

It’s a wide-ranging chat, covering a number of areas, and ideal listening for those seeking to understand the broader issues, and some more focused ones on soil health in particular.

We also talked about polyculture. An increasing practice in sustainable agriculture.

Other areas we discussed include the need for clarity and transparency in wine for consumers, and how vineyards can and are becoming more sustainable, from certification to consolidation of sustainability standards.

We also talked about how vineyard owners can think about social sustainability in wine-making, something not discussed that much in the industry.

Other topics included bottle weight solutions (bottling in market as one), water management (drip irrigation), on-site energy generation and using observation techniques for reducing chemical use.

About the author

Tobias Webb

Toby Webb is co-founder of Sustainable Wine. He is also founder of Innovation Forum, a leading platform for change in sustainable supply chains. He has spent 20+ years working in business and sustainability and has spent ten years teaching the subject at various London universities. He advises a number of companies large and small on sustainability. Businesses he has worked with include Patagonia, Interface, Bayer, SOK Group, Boots/Walgreens, Metro, Unilever, Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser, Sainsbury’s, and many others. He co-authored the UK’s national CSR strategy for David Cameron from 2006-10. He has been organising events, advising, teaching writing, blogging and podcasting on sustainable business since 2001. His (non-wine) blog is at