The cycle and re-cycle of our wine bottles

Bio-logical agriculture does not stop in the field or even in the cellar but reaches your homes and tables and, therefore, also concerns transport and all packaging materials.

Every element of our wine packaging is the result of a study that pays close attention to these aspects. Here’s how and why:

> bottles: since 1990, when we started bottling our wines, we have chosen light bottles, weighing a maximum of 450 g, which is the best compromise between weight, strength and aesthetics. The production of heavy bottles involves greater energy expenditure in production and disposal and, not least, the greater weight of the bottle leads to greater emissions and higher transport costs for both the empty and full bottle.
> capsules: we consider the capsule an important element for consumer hygiene, being the element that covers and protects the top of the bottle where the wine flows when we pour it into the glass. It is therefore not necessary for the entire neck of the bottle to be covered, which is why we use capsules that are about 1 cm shorter (1 cm seems little, but it becomes an important number if we think of the entire production of 20-30,000 bottles!). In addition, we choose transparent PVC as the material, because it is easily recyclable in plastic
> labels: for a few years now, we have been applying a single, rectangular-shaped wrapping label to our wine bottles, avoiding paper cuts due to special shapes that waste paper
> stoppers: we have abandoned cork in favour of Nomacork stoppers. These stoppers are made of plastic material derived from sugar cane, with certified zero carbon footprint production and 100% recyclable plastic.
Furthermore, as they have a precise porosity and it is impossible to release TCA, which is responsible for the ‘corky taint’, this reduces the waste of bottles that are poorly stored due to the cork or whose wine is undrinkable because it is contaminated with TCA.
> packaging: we prefer 100% recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard or recycled and recyclable plastics (warning: not all plastics are easily recyclable!); moreover, some of our containers are designed to be reused either by returning them to the cellar or by other uses at home.
> energy: all processes in the cellar require energy, often in large quantities! Our wine cellar is powered by a photovoltaic system or, in the event of insufficient energy production by our own system, by certified energy from renewable sources.

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