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Top champagne producer sees sustainability as an opportunity, not a threat

Stanislas Milcent, Moët Hennessy Sustainable Development Director, spoke to Sustainable Wine Co-Founder Agatha Pereira at the recent Vinexpo Paris. See the interview highlights below and continue reading for the full Q&A. Stanislas Milcent Highlights: During 2020 Moët Hennessy will stop using herbicides in their vineyards in Champagne They have...

Nordic vineyards, the need to rethink wine packaging, and wine tech innovations transforming the vineyard

Norway: Europe’s most northerly commercial vineyard Writing for his blog The Wine Gourd, David Morrison takes the discussion on wine production to Northern Europe.  As the world’s climate is getting hotter and hotter, winemakers can no longer depend on their current methods and locations for making wine. As Morrison...

Vineyard voices: Pros and cons of copper in a Bordeaux vineyard

In the first of an occasional series of posts from Sally Evans, owner/operator at Château George 7, Sally considers the benefits and challenges of using copper in her vineyard. "Good copper? Bad copper? The debate continues. So here are 7 things you might not know about how copper...

Consumers demand total transparency in wine. What does this look like?

Madeline Puckette, co-founder of WineFolly.com, discusses what she believes consumers want to see from wine labels and wine producers. She argues radical transparency is needed. But what does this look like, and what are the ramifications for the wine industry? Listen here for insights. In this podcast we discuss: What does transparency mean...

What do consumers want from Champagne brands?

Simon Nyeck, luxury, arts & culture center of excellence director and teaching professor in the marketing department at ESSEC business school in Paris, discusses what consumers expect from luxury brands in wine and how they must change their approach to engagement in order to respond effectively.

Wine brands have a responsibility to lead on sustainability

In an in-depth interview with sustainablewine.co.uk, Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor's Port (and the The Fladgate Partnership, whose Port brands include Taylor’s, Croft, Krohn and Fonseca) and the man behind the Porto Protocol, explains why sustainability is a major focus for him, what’s driving change, and how bigger wine firms can and must...

Cork for carbon reduction, record organic wine sales in the UK, and the environmental impact of barrel cleaning techniques

Reducing the carbon footprint of wine production with cork closures Writing for The Ecologist, Nick Breeze praises cork for its sustainability impact. Closing a wine bottle with cork not only “significantly reduces the carbon footprint of wine packaging,” but also “helps sustain vital ecosystems,” he reports. Breeze refers to...

Switching grape varieties, crowdfunding for biodiversity projects, and millions of litres of fake Italian wine

Adapting to climate change: The switch to more heat-tolerant grape varieties The Washington Post and Wine Spectator draw attention to an alarming prediction made by a research paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research team, headed by Ignacio Morales-Castilla at the University of...

Patagonian vineyards, glass recycling, pinot noir from Hokkaido and more

Global media analysis by Hanna Halmari, content manager at SustainableWine.co.uk  Miguel Torres’ “bold, albeit ominous” bet on climate change: A vineyard in Patagonia For years now winemakers have been adapting to global warming, moving their vineyards to cooler climates whilst also capitalising on the...

The debate on synthetic pesticides, new opportunities for East Anglian farmers and well-deserved recognition for Bilbao and Concho y Toro

Global media analysis by Hanna Halmari, content manager at SustainableWine.co.uk  Is it necessary to go chem-free to be a sustainable wine producer? This is the key question explored by Kathleen Willcox in this article for Wine Searcher. Comparing a conversation between two winemakers with differing approaches...