An increasingly topical theme, that involves many of the companies attending Vinitaly, the international exhibition dedicated to wine (7-11 April 2011; www.vinitaly.com).
1) Shorten the distances in purchases, or prefer the "wine at km 0" produced by local wineries, in the territory in which you reside.
2) Choose organic and biodynamic viticulture, that only uses substances found in nature or obtained by man through simple processes, GMO and fertilizers and chemical pesticides.
3) Choose the wineries with environmental certification (ISO 14001 or EMAS), synonymous with concrete ecological commitment of companies that adopt.
4) Alternatively, environmental friendly wineries preferable, those that, Despite not having any certification, adopt eco-friendly practices, however,. Those constructed according to the dictates of bio-architecture, make the recovery of water through water treatment plants, using photovoltaic systems or biomass for energy production.
5) Prefer lightweight glass bottles, allowing a saving in terms of energy used in the production process both in CO2.
6) The labels? Best in recycled paper.
7) Save with "collective" purchases, made through the Gav, Wine buying groups, formed by wine lovers who prefer to "jump" the mediation of the sale point, by appointing a member of the group to travel direct from the manufacturer and save in terms of travel, transport, materials and energy.
8) From glass to Cork, its watchword is recycling; both are in fact recyclable and reusable to 100%.
9) No waste: If the wine is advancing, You can reuse in the kitchen for tasty recipes. Only rule, the wine must be in its best condition in terms of taste and aroma.
10) The wine of the future is the one with the "carbon footprint" on the label, — the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions, expressed in terms of CO2equivalent, associated with a product throughout its life cycle, from production to the table. The earliest examples come from New Zealand, But even in Italy some wineries are starting to put this designation in its wine labels.