We celebrate “green” bottles at Tipsy during April—let’s take a deeper dive into sustainable winemakers together.
Named one of the five most environmentally friendly wineries in the world by Wine Spectator, Chateau Maris’s wine cellar is the world’s first wine cellar made completely out of hemp – making it completely recyclable. `
“For us, it is important to respect the entire life cycle and not simply one part of it,” says Winemaker Robert Eden.
Because of this ethos, the winery’s 79 acres are biodynamically farmed and hand-harvested, and its wines are made with native yeasts that are unrefined and unfiltered. Additionally, it was the first winery in Europe to be certified B-Corp and is currently one of only 26 in the world.
Chateau Maris’ sustainable approach came about because it was the only way to preserve the land. According to co-owner Jacques Herviou, when he bought the estate in 1996, the land was nearly unusable from years of being treated with fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides
“The only way we found to bring back life within the vineyard was with biodynamic farming methods, so that’s what we did,” he told Grape Collective in 2016.