Winemakers who are in tune with the Environment

With Earth Day on 22nd April this year in mind here are four wine producers committed to sustainability

With sustainability and care for the earth so important, it is encouraging to see wine producers caring for their terriors. They know that the better the environment the grapes grow in the better the resulting wine will be. Here are four winemakers who are applying this philosophy with details of a typical wine they produce as proof of their methods.

Joseph Mellot – France

Sustainability is a natural part of Joseph Mellot’s business and is clearly reflected in their rigorous environmentally friendly viticulture and winemaking. They were the first winery in the Central Loire Valley to attain the ISO 14001 international standard.

Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Gravelière 2015
Named after the stony limestone soils on which the wines are grown, La Gravelière is an example of a classic Sancerre with citrus and white flower characteristics.

Available from Nisa, Wholefoods, James McCabe, The Halifax Wine Company and Islington Wine with an RRP of £24.05

Jean-Luc Colombo – France

Respect for nature and sustainable approaches to vineyard management and winemaking is key to Colombo’s green philosophy. Côtes du Rhone Les Abeilles (‘the bees’), is named in honour of the important role that bees play in pollinating their vineyards. The Colombo family are keen bee keepers and honey makers, and active supporters of bee charities in France, the UK and the US, promoting bio diversity in their home appellations of Cornas and Saint-Péray.

Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Rouge 2014
This Grenache dominant wine displays a seductive nose of small red fruits, coriander and bay leaf whilst being smooth and fresh on the palate.

Available from Wine Rack, Luvians, John Lewis and Kingsgate Wines with an RRP of £12.15

Vidal – New Zealand

Vidal is dedicated to environmentally friendly winemaking and sustainable winegrowing practices. It was a founding member of the Living Wine group, a small group of wineries who gained ISO 14001 certification in 1998, having achieved a globally recognised standard in environmental management systems. The winery is a member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) and BioGro certified, meaning it is accredited to process grapes grown using organic principles.

Vidal Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
Beautifully fragrant red berry and floral aromas combine with flavours of cherry, spice and earthy undertones on a finely textured palate. Enjoyable in its youth, this single vineyard wine will gain further complexity with time.

AMG Notes: This is a sophisticated wine and very smooth on the palate. There is a detectable “Goût de la Terre”, taste of the earth, in the background where you feel that the very goodness of the soil has been bottled.

Available from Cambridge Wine Merchants, Famous Wines, The Halifax Wine Company and Islington Wine with an RRP of £17.15

CVNE – Spain

CVNE has a clear philosophy of a constant quest for quality and they are a great believer in the importance of responsible, sustainable viticulture. They have established an environmental policy which covers many aspects of it production, for example all organic by-products in the winery are reused or sold as compost or even as products used in spa treatments! CVNE also run water saving programmes and comprehensively recycle wherever possible.

Cune Rioja Crianza 2014
A young Crianza, where red berries aromas remain over the oaky and balsamic notes from its ageing in American oak. On the palate, this wine is very pleasant, round and balanced with some spice back notes.

AMG Notes: Water from the Rio Oja, the clean air and Spanish sunshine all come together to produce fresh fruit flavours while the aging in oak give this wine the rich warming, spicy tones of natural wood.

Available from Majestic, Tesco, Wine Rack, Wholefoods, E H Booth and Co and Vino Wines with an RRP of £10.30