Wine Carbon FootprintThe UK is one of the most diverse of wine drinking nations on Earth. Visit any wine retailer and see wines on offer from many of the far flung corners of the world.  By contrast, many wine producing countries rarely buy anything other than domestic produce. EG You are unlikely to see wines from California in a supermarket in Madrid, Paris or Rome.  Yet in the UK we represent all these markets and more.

With that in mind, do we as consumers question the differences between one bottle of wine and another in terms of its polluting trail in getting to our shelves?  As a huge fan of wines from all over the world I don't want to stigmatise a wine by location but surely it must bare thinking about whilst in the isles of the supermarket.  British wine must certainly have a far less imposing carbon footprint than, say,a wine from South Africa or Napa Valley, just as a sweet wine from Bordeaux must have a lesser footprint than an alternative from Samos in the Dodecanese in Greece.

We all have different reasons for selecting certain bottles and they're not always related to wine quality.  A good example is one I heard recently from a friend who buys Hunter Valley wines where possible because it evokes memories of great times had visiting the region.  The question of taste or any other factor was secondary.  However, a question starting to crop up in wine conversations is:  should our wine buying choices be influenced by environmental factors such as import distances or the thickness of the glass on the bottle (Thicker glass bottles seeming more ostentatious with no benefit to the wine)?

It's food for thought and I'd be interested to know if consumers do think along these lines.  For myself, I feel obliged to buy something from New Zealand this evening to be as non-partisan as possible.  Tasting note to follow!


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