In the organic winemaking process, chemical fertilisers should not be used, only natural fertilisers, and there should be no use of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism). Further, biodynamic wine can only be fermented using natural yeasts. Sulfite addition is permitted, however, the amount varies depending on the type of wine.
Sustainability is a broad term referring to the awareness of the long-term impacts of human activity on the planet. Organic and biodynamic winemaking processes make use of sustainable practices, seeking to minimise the negative environmental impacts of farming and food production, thus promoting soil health and animal welfare.
Separately, there are sustainability programmes in the wine sector that consider the way in which companies operate, not only in their approach to farming but in their supply chains as a whole.
Some sustainability programmes set strategic guidelines across the different methods of production and operation, whilst others have a clear environmental focus and long-term goals, such as carbon neutrality.
Sustainability plays a major role in not only the wine sector, but also in everyday living. This means that the use of more sustainable machinery and natural fertilisers, amongst other methods, will help to neutralise carbon emissions, thus playing a role in the world’s overall commitment to combatting climate change. This should be an aim that most, if not all, wine merchants are seeking to achieve.
At Wine and the Wood, we are looking to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible when buying and selling our products. We seek to buy wine made from natural resources and use recycled materials in our packaging, which can be recycled again, to keep the amount of waste produced to a minimum.