Message in a Bottle
Few see the impacts of the climate crisis as close to home as those in agriculture. Winemakers around the world face a multitude of unprecedented change. Farmers have always worked with nature – but the sheer scale and speed of change now, is unseen. From entire crop loss, due to fire and drought, to soil being completely drained of nutrients and left unworkable. Such drastic damage has never happened so fast.
To make great wine, you need great terroir. The soil and climate of a vineyard are what gives wine it’s personality, it’s structure, it’s flavour profile. Spraying any land with chemicals, depletes the soil of it’s natural vitality. It stops the indigenous flora and fauna from thriving – which is what led to the land being fertile and ready for vines in the first place.
This ‘Sustainable Selection’ is our chance to put six producers in the spotlight, who have taken steps to work harmoniously with nature and implement more science based, progressive policies to protect the planet. The path to sustainability is not a clearly defined one – and nor is it about reaching one point and stopping. The wines we’ve chosen reflect our own approach – that it is about constant improvement and learning, to try and live more harmoniously with Mother Nature all the time.
For every bottle you buy, we’ll donate $1 per bottle to Stop_Dont_Drop / SESCI, based in Abuja. Their work is helping Embassies across the city to reduce their solid waste and provide recycling collection for impoverished communities. Waste collected by Embassies and the community is sold to recycling companies and the proceeds used to fund children’s education. IDS have been shipping to Nigeria since 1997 – so being able to help not only provide funding for poor children across the city, but also to help our customers at the British High Commission and beyond to green their impact, feels like a fantastic fit.
Araldica Gavi La Luciana, Gavi, Piedmont
Araldica are one of the biggest co-operatives in Northern Italy. Bringing together over 200 farmers from around Piedmont, becoming sustainable is no small feat. But the farmers knew they had to. Faced with eroding soils and worsening crop quality, allowing nature to dominate has improved the quality of their wines. Gavi is known for it’s beautiful minerality and lovely acidity – and is often referred to as the Chablis of Italy!
Sepp Moser, Organic Grüner Veltliner, Austria
This terrific family run vineyard, from one of Austria’s most famous wine-making names, has farmed biodynamically across it’s entire estate since 2006. A true and pure commitment to produce wines with as little interference from humans as possible – a pure produce of nature. They are engaged in tree planting, they use all their organic waste in the vineyard and they have reduced copper and sulphur in place of natural alternatives to maintain vineyard health.
Billi Biili Shiraz, Grampians, Victora, Australia
Mount Langi respect the fragile beauty of their land – and this is perhaps due to the unique nature of their cool climate wines, which wouldn’t exist in the same way, in a warmer world. Their guiding principle is to leave the land in a better state than they found it. On a pathway to using 100% solar energy, the viticulturalists here also avoid using chemical synthetics in the vineyards. The Shiraz from the Grampians in Victoria, shows how Shiraz can be made to reflect it’s elegance and softer side, whilst still offering great intensity of fruit and a long, enjoyable finish.’
Kaiken Clásico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina
Sustainability is at the heart of Kaiken’s vineyard and winemaking practices. This includes specific winery cleaning protocols to conserve the use of water as well as a wastewater treatment plant that allows Kaiken to reuse winery water for agricultural purposes
Balthasar Ress, Von Unserm, Pinot Noir, Rheingau
On a recent trip to Germany, IDS Managing Director Mark Rogers saw first-hand the impact of organic farming when he met with good friend Christian, at Balthasar Ress. Their fields are abundant with life – and you can hear the buzz of insects and see the variety of indigenous flowers. Compare that to neighbouring land, where overuse of chemicals leaves a bland, lifeless field. Balthasar Ress are leading the way in the Rheingau.