England has many organic vineyards so it’s good to start here, for low carbon footprint. Choosing organic tends to be more likely that wines are also not filtered with bone char or fish bladder either.
Even organic wine has natural sulphites, but is less likely to give you hangover. Although glass bottles are easily recycled (blue bottles can go in green glass bins), choosing wines in cans means less energy to produce and less weight to transport. Wine corks are also better than plastic (cork is made by stripping bark, so no trees are cut down). And keeping cork forests income-producing helps stop them being bought and knocked down to build factories. A new idea to reinvent packaging is Frugal Bottle, made from recycled paperboard, five times lighter than glass with a six-times lighter carbon footprint.
Vinca Wine offers 3 wines (white, rosé or red) in cans made from 73% recycled aluminium (water-based resin linings means the taste is not affects, and the cans chill faster than glass. Great if you live or drink alone, as you won’t ‘finish off the bottle’ in a couple of days, to avoid waste! Shipping from Sicily is carbon-offset.
DEFY Wine offers single-grape organic Italian wine, but packed in cans that use up to 70% less CO2 than glass bottles to produce and transport. The company also offers the wine in 30L and 20L kegs of the 3 still wines, and can help you with set-up if kegs are new to your business. Kegs take up much less space, as one keg hold 240 glasses of wine, with each glass as fresh as the one before, so no waste.
The wine is 3 still varieties (white, red and rose), plus a semi-sparkling white frizzante and even an orange wine. This company tells it like it is, promising no flowery descriptions (gooseberries, a spring day, dark tobacco, summer days or or rose petals). Just good organic wine!