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BEVERAGE MEDIA
June 2013
SALCHETO WINERY
GOES OFF THE GRID
Michele Manelli, winemaker
at the Montepulciano winery
Salcheto, had a goal for
years to reduce energy
consumption yet still produce
great wines. He was recently
in New York to discuss
sustainability and to present
the first Salcheto wine to be
made “from grapes only,”
the 2012 Obvius Rosso di
Montepulciano DOC (to
be released this fall). In 2011, Manelli finished the first
Italian winery to be totally “off-grid,” or separate from any
traditional power distribution networks. This has enabled
Salcheto to be 54% more energy-efficient than conventional
wineries of the same size and to better measure and decrease
its environmental impact. The cellar is lit with 100% natural
light, and all heating and cooling energy is created on
premise. Salcheto’s wines are available nationally through
Massanois Imports. For a slideshow of features of the off-grid
facility, visit
salcheto.it/project.php.
TRINITY OAKS
NOW BOTTLES WITH
PLANT-FRIENDLY CAPSULES
Trinity Oaks has announced a new
initiative using compostable capsules.
The new plant-based capsules are
made from a carbon-neutral biopolymer
developed in partnership with
Plastic Suppliers, Inc. and Maverick
Enterprises. Less energy is used to
make these capsules and they are
made in a greenhouse-neutral facility
that uses wind, solar power and other
energy offsets. The aluminum top disk
on the bottle is recyclable, while the
EarthFirst PLA film material used for
the capsule is certified compostable.
Trinity Oaks, part of Trinchero
Family Estates, also continues its One Bottle,
One Tree program, which began in summer 2008 and
funds a new tree for planting with every Trinity Oaks
bottle purchase. By Earth Day 2013, Trinity Oaks celebrated
helping plant more than 7 million trees. Trinity Oaks
wines are priced at $8 a bottle.
trinityoaks.com
CONCHA Y TORO
MAKES CARBON STATEMENT
Earth Day provided an opportunity for Chile’s Viña Concha y Toro
to call attention to the relationship between trees and CO
2
with a
vineyard installation. A one-ton green sphere was positioned in
Concha y Toro’s Peumo estate vineyard (named for a native Chilean
tree) to represent the volume of CO
2
that one tree captures over its
lifetime. In addition to stewardship of the vines, Concha y Toro has
worked with Chile’s Native Forest Conservation Program (CONAF) to
create an inventory of native species of trees to better work toward
preservation. The winery is working to conserve over 8,000 acres of
native forest; trees help diversify soils and mitigate climate change.
conchaytoro.com
5
TH
ANNUAL NEWTON
VINEYARD
ECO-CHIC
DESIGN STANDS OUT
For the fifth year of its luxury Eco-Chic
Collaboration, Newton Vineyard tapped
San Francisco-based designer Derek
Chen to take inspiration from Newton’s
vineyards and sustainable
reputation. Chen created
the Pino Solo Wine Tree,
a 54" tall storage rack
whose eight hand-bent
brushed-metal rods form
a repeated hexagonal
motif that creates natural
nooks for up to 12 wine
bottles. He repurposed
used oak wine barrels for
the bases. Each piece in
the limited edition of 100
is numbered and signed. The series is
being sold in retail stores in New York,
San Francisco and Chicago as well as
through
newtonvineyard.com
for $299.
GREEN
CORNER
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