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Castello Banfi Adopts an Evolving Sustainability Strategy: Q&A with Cristina Mariana-May

Castello Banfi Adopts an Evolving Sustainability Strategy: Q&A with Cristina Mariana-May

Cristina Mariana-May, president and CEO at Banfi Vintners, discusses the biggest sustainability issues in the wine industry, and how her company is working to minimize its environmental footprint.

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Turning Wine into Biofuel

The solid waste left over from wine-making could make a competitive biofuel, according to University of Adelaide researchers. Published in the journal Bioresource Technology, the Australian researchers showed that up to 400 liters of bioethanol could be produced by fermentation of one metric ton of grape marc (the leftover skins, … Read more »


Wastewater Treatment Saves Winery $4,000 on Sewer Surcharges

A new wastewater treatment system has saved a Canadian winery $4,000 annually on sewer surcharges and removed as much as 97 percent of biochemical oxygen demand from the winery’s wastewater, Storm Water Solutions reports. Ontario’s Cave Spring Winery needed a better filtration system. The Bloom Centre for Sustainability, a nonprofit … Read more »


Winery Receives Zero Waste Certification

Fetzer Vineyards has received platinum level zero waste certification from the US Zero Waste Business Council, making it the first wine company to achieve zero waste certification. Platinum certification, the highest level offered by the USZWBC, recognizes the company for successfully diverting 97.7 percent of its waste from landfill, incineration … Read more »

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Pumps Boost Winery’s Efficiency

A UK wine importer, maker and bottler has boosted its efficiency by replacing its pumps with MasoSine process pumps from Watson-Marlow Pumps Group. The outcome for Norwich-based Broadland Wineries is that tanker offload times for juice have been cut by 50 percent, while the time for wine offloading has been … Read more »

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Nomacorc Wine Bottle Closure Uses Braskem’s Green Polyethylene

Alternative wine bottle closures producer Nomacorc says it’s the first company to create a plant-based closure, Select Bio. The wine closure uses biopolymers producer Braskem’s I’m green Polyethylene, made from sugarcane ethanol. For each ton produced, “green” polyethylene sequestrates more than 2 tons of CO2, Braskem says. Additionally, Select Bio … Read more »

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Sonoma County Pledges ‘100% Sustainable Wine Region’

California’s Sonoma County has committed to becoming the nation’s first 100 percent sustainable wine region through a three-phased program to be completed within the next five years, the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, also known as Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW), say. The first phase will focus on helping winegrowers assess their … Read more »

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Climate Change Could Boost British Wine Industry

Climate change could be a boon to the UK wine industry, making Britain one of the world’s largest wine producers by the middle of this century, the New York Times reports. British winemakers have benefited from warmer temperatures in recent years. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Britain’s … Read more »

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