Even casual wine drinkers know there is no such thing as a typical bottle of wine; there are hundreds of kinds of wine, and even the same wine tastes subtly different from one bottle to the next. When every small decision made in wine production affects the final flavor, it should be no surprise to discover that those decisions affect the carbon footprint as well. Estimates of the carbon embodied by a bottle of wine range from 80 grams to 1.28 kilograms of CO2. Definitive answers are hard to come by in the wine world, but a little information about the ways wine affects the environment can help you find the most sustainable wine that suits your taste. Growing Grapes Britain’s Ethical Consumer reports that grapes are the fruit with the highest environmental impact. A life cycle analysis of one organic wine determined that grape production contributed 39% of its carbon footprint. One of the most effective ways to reduce a vineyard’s environmental footprint is to step back – all the way to the choice of grape . Planting the variety of grape that is best suited to the existing soil and weather conditions will reduce the need for […]


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