Climate-Friendly Wine from Bordeaux?

French Bordeaux will soon become the first region of the world with unique, carbon-reducing, vineyards. Winemaker Remi Lacombe from Medoc, who is working in collaboration with ClimatePartner, a German green group, is planning to launch a climate-neutral wine project in order to cut harmful for the environment carbon emissions. Traditional production of wine, including the natural process of yeast fermentation, emits to the atmosphere about 1.7 kilos of carbon dioxide per bottle, or about 639 tonnes annually from four chateaux (vineyards), which Lacombe runs in France.

To cut emissions of CO2 during wine production, ClimatePartner has suggested to replace wood-burning stoves by devices powered with the solar energy. Lacombe’s own climate-friendly ideas include automatically switching exterior lights and an innovative cooling system of circulating water, which will keep wine temperature within the optimal range of 20 to 28 degrees without harming the environment.

In addition to investing his personal time and efforts into the project, Lacombe has already spent about 14,000 US Dollars (10,000 Euros) on renovating his chateaux, and he now hopes that consumers will choose his wines with carbon neutral labels, the cost of which will be no more than that of other ordinary wines – about 10-12 US Dollars (seven – eight Euros) per bottle.

Lacombe’s wines from Bordeaux will become the first wines in the world that will carry a climate-neutral label. The winemaker plans to produce annually about 380,000 bottles of environmentally-friendly wine, thus spreading the message to save the planet from carbon dioxide pollution.