In a piece from Tom van der Neut, Business Unit Controller at Lanchester Wines, we explain how hotels can reduce some of the CO2 footprint associated with their wines.

Sustainability is currently the most prevalent topic within the UK wine trade, which is driving a lot of the sector’s innovation. While it’s uncertain how much this focus has reached the average customer, there is significant progress happening behind the scenes. From vineyard to glass, the journey of wine is being transformed by innovative sustainable practices.

The conversation around sustainable wine begins in the vineyard. It encompasses practices such as organic farming, water conservation, and biodiversity enhancement. But, the sustainability story doesn’t end there. How wine is transported and packaged also plays a crucial role in its environmental footprint.

Leading the charge in sustainable wine practices, Lanchester Wines has made a significant breakthrough. It is the first UK wine business to offer an ultra-lightweight 300g wine bottle to its bulk wine customers. Lanchester Wines has partnered with renowned glass manufacturer Verallia to pioneer this innovation. The Verallia Bordelaise Air 300g bottle sets a new standard for sustainability in the wine industry. This bottle achieves a 25% CO2 reduction compared to the UK standard 400g bottle.

Crafted with approximately 30% recycled glass, the Bordelaise Air 300g is not only eco-friendly but also retains the classic elegance of the traditional Bordeaux wine bottle. Glass is a highly recyclable material, with the UK glass sector boasting a recycling rate of around 74.2%—one of the highest among packaging materials

Shipping wine in bulk is already a more eco-friendly option, saving around 38% CO2 compared to shipping it in bottles. By introducing the 300g bottle, Lanchester Wines is further reducing the carbon footprint of a venue’s wine list as this new bottle removes 3.2 tonnes of bottle weight per 24,000 litres of wine (ie, one tank of bulk wine), representing a substantial environmental saving.

These innovations reflect a broader trend towards sustainability in the on-trade sector. As hotels continue to embrace eco-friendly practices, they not only reduce their environmental impact but also cater to an increasingly environmentally-conscious clientele. With pioneering efforts like those of Lanchester Wines and Verallia, the future of wine in the on-trade looks greener than ever.

*300g bottle vs UK standard 400g bottle ** Britglass.org.uk