Drink Green! Eco-Friendly Wines To Celebrate Earth Day
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. On April 22nd, people across the world will come together to acknowledge individuals, organizations and nations that are making great progress through green initiatives and call to action those who’ve yet to join the effort. The theme for 2015, “It’s our turn to lead”, brought to mind some exceptional wineries leading the way in sustainable farming and eco-friendly wine production. Below is glimpse of some innovative, commendable producers from the Palm Bay portfolio.
Yealands has received numerous international awards for their many and varied green initiatives and can truly claim to be sustainable at every level. The state-of-the-art winery has been carboNZeroCertTM since inception and boasts the largest solar panel installation in New Zealand. Over 25 wetlands have been established to boost flora and fauna diversity and provide sanctuary to endangered native birds, but perhaps most charming are the Babydoll sheep and Kunekune pigs that make their home amongst the vines; mowing the grass, fertilizing the soil and providing a natural form of pest control. Try Peter Yealands Pinot Gris, Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc and Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Not only does Cavit implement a number of eco-friendly practices in their winery, they’ve gone to great lengths to ensure their land is farmed as sustainably as possible through the development and utilization of cutting-edge technology in the vineyards. Since 2010, specially developed software, called PICA, capable of providing detailed, real-time data on factors like climate, soil and daylight hours has enabled growers to reduce waste through accurate planning for irrigation and cut down on treatments, applying them only when absolutely necessary. The result is better quality, more sustainable viticulture that protects precious vineyard land for future generations. Try the iconic Cavit Pinot Grigio, Cavit Oak Zero Chardonnay and the exciting, new Cavit Select Red Blend.
As part of his environmental initiatives, Jean-Luc Colombo created “The Bee Helpful” program to help fund research needed to understand the causes of honeybee declines and restore and protect healthy colonies. For every bottle of Les Abeilles (“the bees” in French) purchased Jean-Luc Colombo and Palm Bay International will donate a portion of the profits to the UC Davis Department of Entomology for Honey Bee Research. Help the bees! Try Les Abeilles Blanc and Les Abeilles Rouge.
Col d’Orcia is committed to maintaining the natural environment in which it operates and has, for many years, employed organic farming practices. Since 2010, the whole estate including vineyards, olive groves, other fields and even its gardens are farmed following exclusively organic agricultural practices. In 2013, the winery received organic farming certification from the Italian government (a process initiated three years prior), making it the largest organic wine producer in Tuscany. Try Col d’Orcia Rosso di Montalcino, Nearco and Col d’Orica Brunello di Montalcino.
Salentein strives to make high-quality Argentine wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. These efforts are evident in its state-of-the-art winery and cellars, a uniquely cross-shaped structure built by regional craftsmen using local materials and incorporating indigenous architectural features. Salentein is also home to a 125-acre nature preserve that protects the unique flora, fauna and wildlife in the region and has helped to pioneer sustainable wine tourism in Mendoza’s Uco Valley. Try Salentein Reserve Malbec, Killka Torrontes, and Salentein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.