MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Earth Day 2017 will be celebrated on April 22nd. Each year, more Americans re-examine how their lifestyles and choices impact the environment. Global warming, climate change and carbon footprint have become household terms, and consumer groups, government agencies and businesses are working on ways to preserve the land, air, water and other natural resources.
Protecting the environment is becoming more of a priority for the wine industry. Vintners and growers are making formal commitments to implement sustainable, organic and biodynamic practices. “Consumers have many choices when it comes to wine,” says Laura DePasquale, VP and GM of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Artisanal Wine & Spirits Division. “Especially around Earth Day, we want wine consumers to know that when they choose wine, they are making a choice for the environment.”
DePasquale helps us understand the difference between the three most prevalent classifications:
- Sustainable: These wines come from producers that practice greener efforts, such as renewable energy and strive for lower waste and emissions. Sustainable does not necessarily mean produced or grown without pesticides or herbicides. It has more to do with operations than the grapes or juice.
- Organic: For this wine, it must be USDA certified. This approval signifies that the wine is made from 100% organically grown ingredients and has been monitored throughout the entire process. Avoiding synthetic pesticides on the fruit and in the soil while swearing off GMOs is the goal for this type of wine.
- Biodynamic: Biodynamic is a holistic approach to agriculture. As it pertains to wine, the land and vines are one entire being. Animals are a major part: they graze and trim the vegetation around the vines, while fertilizing the soil.
“When producing eco-friendly wines, wineries make sure they are developing a story that is expressive of their region,” says DePasquale. “There’s soulfulness in the grapes and the authenticity makes for lighter wines that match an abundance of foods.”
If you’re looking for these wines, wine buyers should always look at the label. There will be various trademarked symbols and logos used and if a winery is going to adhere to these practices, they would likely want you to know about it. Also look at the winery’s website, which will usually go into more detail on how the wine is grown and made.
About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.