Premium Southern French wine producer Skalli has announced new plans to reduce its carbon footprint and reaffirm its commitment to sustainable fine wine production and development.
To initiate the new strategy Skalli has re-thought its packaging in the interest of reducing CO2 emissions generated by the glass production process and the subsequent transportation of wines worldwide. The company is switching to lighter weight glass bottles, which will see as soon as 2011 a reduction of 1,000 tonnes out of the eight million produced. The use of these lighter bottles means that there will be a glass reduction of 120g – 150g and a carbon reduction from -15% to -20% per bottle. Similarly, in identifying 17 new SKU’s (stock keeping units) Skalli’s carbon footprint has been considerably reduced.
Robert Skalli, says of the change: “Our aim is to make our own activities more sustainable and encourage our consumers, suppliers and others to do the same. From starting at home in the wineries to the production and packaging element, reduce the carbon emissions and environmental footprint, as well as the quality of our wines is an absolute priority for us. We recycle as much as we can in terms of glass, cartons and plastics during production and all water used in the winery is collected rather than flushed away for re-use in irrigation.” He continues: “Skalli has always aimed to place an emphasis on being environmentally friendly to ensure that we preserve the terroirs for future generations.”
Skalli’ winemakers have been advising their partners vine growers for more than 10 years on how to adapt to an eco-friendly way of viticulture and vinification and, as a result, each winery has witnessed alterations enforcing this environmental approach. The Languedoc now only uses organic fertilisers and the Domaine Du Silene has been converted to 100% organic. In Corsica, at Domaine Terra Vecchia and Clos Poggiale, the local sheep herd removes the weeds and there is minimal spraying in the vineyard. In the Napa Valley they employ a fish-farming friendly approach and adhere to the Napa Green program.