Food: Sustainability in a Bottle


Wine quality depends on many variables - climate change and weather patterns, the caliber of the grapes, the winemaker's skill - but sustainable growing and operating practices go a long way toward producing better vintages. Here are a few of our favorite bottles


By Gretchen Roberts



Photo by Anthony Verde

Banrock Station
Australia’s Riverland

Supports wildlife conservation to nurture the grapes on its 4,200-acre property and donates a portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold to wetlands projects around the world.
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2005 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, a medium-bodied fruity wine with hints of spice. $6

Benziger Family Winery
Sonoma, California

Employs vineyard-specific growing practices, protects native yeasts, and relies on predatory birds and insects for pest control as part of its Farming for Flavors cultivation program.
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2005 Oonapais Sonoma Mountain, a rich, earthy red blend made from certified biodynamic grapes, hand-sorted in the vineyard. $50

Frog’s Leap Winery
Napa, California

Starts with deeply rooted vines that pull every ounce of nourishment from the earth without irrigation or pesticides.
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2006 Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Napa Valley, a crisp, elegant wine with mineral undertones ($18), or 2006 Zinfandel Napa Valley, a well-balanced, low-alcohol Zin. $28

Torres
Catalonia, Spain

Has forgone pesticides and herbicides for the last 30 years and recently created more than $10 million in reforestation grants to facilitate the reduction of CO2 .
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2006 Viña Esmeralda Catalunya, a lightly spicy white with floral aromas, or 2004 Coronas Catalunya, a medium-bodied red, tasting of dark cherry and toasted oak. Both $10

Resonance Vineyard
Oregon

Farms biodynamically on soil that’s primarily ocean sediment to produce its wines’ signature flavor.
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2006 Resonance Vineyard Pinot Noir, a bright, smooth wine with raspberry-pomegranate aromas and hints of clove. $49

Willamette Valley Vineyards
Oregon

Offers employees 50 free gallons of biodiesel each month to encourage the use of biofuels. It is also the first winery in the world to use FSC-certified cork in its bottles to help preserve an environment that sequesters carbon and releases oxygen.
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2005 Dijon Clone Chardonnay, a medium-bodied, fruit-forward wine with lingering flavors of vanilla, pear, and cream—it rivals the winery’s acclaimed Pinot Noir. $18

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