Indulge in the sweet luxury of sparkling wine while celebrating with one of these eco-conscious producers. It takes a lot of water to grow grapes, a lot. In fact, the wine industry has been harshly criticized for its negative environmental impact. Finally, some producers are working to offset their impact by switching to eco-conscious packaging and growing organic grapes.
Wines come from all over the world. France has historically been the gold standard but New World regions like South Africa and Argentina are gaining cult followings. Americans are drinking more wine than ever because wine is now more accessible. More consumption has lead to a call for re-evaluating the ways in which wine is produced. Many wineries, like the 11 examples below, are switching to organic grapes, recycled oak barrels and eco-conscious packaging.
There are many different classifications such as organic, GMO free, and biodynamic, each label governed by a single organization that sets the standards. Opinions differ as to which method is the best, but here is a list of 11 wonderful sparkling wines produced by wineries that are conscious of their impact on this earth.
1. Veuve Clicquot Naturally Clicquot Brut Yellow Label (pictured top)
The champagne masters at Veuve Clicquot redesigned their packaging last year so that it’s eco friendly. The new project, called Naturally Clicquot features biodegradable packaging on their classic orange-labeled bottles.
Pommery is a well-respected Champagne producer and their commitment to environmentally friendly bottles garnered a lot of attention.
Domaine Carneros was the first sparkling winery to be certified by California Certified Organic Farmers in 2008. Domaine Carneros also boast the largest photovoltaic solar array of any winery in the world.
Founded in 1895, Fleury was the first Champagne producers to use biodynamics.
The only British producer on our list, Sedlescombe are committed to producing organic wine and their sparkling wine has received critical acclaim.
The most popular and widely available organic champagne in the US is definitely this delightful champagne from Korbel.
Perlage is especially commited to biodynamic and organic wines. Their various Prosecco wines have won countless awards and Soraloc is the first organic Prosecco DOC with the screw cap.
Larmandier are committed to preserving the soil. From their site: “Consequently, our vines are cultivated with respect for the terroir (ploughing, which favours deep-reaching roots and preserves the life of the soil) and respect for the balances of the plant throughout the growing period. In this way, the yields are naturally moderate and the wine shows its appreciation, through both its structure and its maturity.”
A crémant is the name for a sparkling wine made in the traditional Champagne method outside of the region of Champagne in France. The Mann winery produces one of the best. Dry and citrus-driven, with yellow plum fruit, it does best with a light chill. Organic.
The color is so alluring on this sparkling rose! Biodynamic and organic from Austria. A note from the producer: the Michlits family of the Meinklang farm live and exist within a complete agricultural and viticultural project. Meinklang is a unique entity; for more than 20 years, when Anneliese and Werner took over their family farm, they have sought a close coexistence with nature. After ten years of organic cultivation, they have come to embrace biodynamic principles of diversity as completely as one can. The pride of the farm is a herd of Angus cattle, which provides fertilizer and as well source of income.
A pretty sparkling wine with a copper hue that will work well as an apéritif wine or as the wine for dinner. This Italian producer is certified organic and this sparkling rose is not hard to find.
Most of these wines are availalbe online and many in stores around the US. If you want to make it easy on yourself, sign up for the Eco Vine wine club and have organic wines delivered to your door.
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