First UK certified sustainable wines released

Twenty three UK vineyards have now achieved sustainable certification.

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Twenty three UK vineyards have now achieved sustainable certification.

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First UK sustainable certified wines hit shelves
The first certified sustainable wines from Britain have been released. Ten wines from four producers have now received Sustainable Wines of Great Britain (SWGB) certification, trade body Wines of Great Britain said. “I am thrilled to see the first wines bearing the SWGB logo hit the shelves," said Chris Foss, the chair of SWGB. "This is a highly significant event for the British wine industry, as it demonstrates that we now have a fully functioning national scheme that enables our wine producers to clearly demonstrate their commitment to the environment, biodiversity and climate change mitigation."

The ten wines which will be able to use the SWGB mark are:

  • Gusbourne Guinevere Chardonnay 2019, Pinot Noir 2019 and Pinot Noir Rosé 2020
  • Henners Vineyard Gardner Street Rosé 2020
  • Three Choirs canned wine range: Sparkling, White, Rosé and Red
  • Yotes Court On the Nod Bacchus 2020 and Best Turned-Out Pinot Meunier Rosé 2020

Self evaluation and audits
A total of 23 vineyards and eight wineries have now achieved SWGB certification. Certification involves an annual self-evaluation to monitor progress on objectives such as maintaining and improving soil health, minimising pesticide inputs, managing vineyard canopies and yields as well as reducing carbon and water footprints. Every three years, each self-evaluation is checked and verified by independent auditors. The SWGB scheme now has 61 members, which account for around a third of the area under vine in the UK.

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