During the holiday season, although it is a period of fun and merriment, the amount of waste produced increases significantly. This includes everything from gift wrappings to the shipment of goods. However, it is not necessary for all packages to contribute to environmental degradation. As a case in point, consider these eight wines wrapped in sustainable, reusable, or environmentally friendly packages.
These wine bottles provide an eco-friendly option for gifting this season, featuring recyclable sleeves and responsibly sourced labels. Here are eight examples of sustainably packaged wines.
Ruinart’s second skin is an environmentally conscious cover that elegantly packages Ruinart’s signature champagne bottle. Its purpose is to keep the Ruinart bubbles intact until they are ready to be released. The 100% natural wood-fiber recyclable casing replaced traditional individual Champagne gift boxes in 2020, symbolizing the Maison’s commitment to the environment and waste reduction. Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and Rosé bottles are available in a second skin version which offers the choice between the house’s signature freshness or a hint of fruitiness. SRP $102, premierchampagne.com
Juliet launched in the summer of 2022 with a mission to create high-quality, eco-friendly wine. They have received accolades for bringing attention to the significant waste problem in the wine industry. Their 100% recyclable and reusable packaging generates 84% less waste than a glass bottle. When refilling, since the cylinder can be recycled, Juliet offers a pouch-only option for consumers wishing to order just the wine, reducing energy consumption during transport. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay have been added to their Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Rosé, and Pinot Noir portfolio just in time for the holiday season. SRP $35, drinkjuliet.com
Ancestor is the flagship wine of this Paso Robles winery. It’s a Bordeaux-style reserve blend dedicated to the Ancestor Tree, the largest Coast Live Oak on record. The winery is environmentally-conscious, using lightest weight bottles available to reduce transportation energy and avoiding bottle foils, thereby reducing waste. SRP $85, shop.halterranch.com
The story of the next winery was inspired by the effects of bourbon barrel aging on wine. The journey started with their Zinfandel in 2014. Being a certified B-Corp, 1000 Stories shows a strong commitment to the environment, demonstrated by their partnership with The Bison Project for bison conservation at Yellowstone National Park and their use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper for labels. SRP $18.99, 1000storieswine.com
Nestled in the Russian River Valley, Ron Rubin Winery has been on a mission to heal the planet. They have released a premium sustainable wine in a 750mL bottle made of 100% recycled material and is fully recyclable. The eco-friendly wine is available in four 2022 vintages: Vin Rosé, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. SRP $15, bluebin.wine
Champagne Telmont’s commitment to sustainability is evidenced in their extensive campaign: “In the name of Mother Nature.”. They have discontinued the use of gift boxes and the production of transparent bottles, instead choosing green bottles made from 85% recycled glass that are fully recyclable. In an effort to reduce CO2 emissions, their bottles will be shipped to the U.S via Neoline ships—a wind-powered maritime transport. In 2026, Telmont will release their 800g bottles, which have been heralded as the lightest-ever Champagne bottle. SRP $71.99, reservebar.com
This iconic Napa Valley winery satisfies the environmentally friendly with their 2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon that is packaged in glass predominantly sourced from California (thus reducing carbon emissions during transportation) and labeled with paper created through a hydropower plant in upstate New York. The wine commences with a fresh floral aroma, evolving towards raspberry, blueberry, and cedar flavors in the palate, ending with a gentle finish and a hint of coffee. It’s priced at $200 (suggested retail price) and can be purchased at montelena.com.
When it comes to Veuve Clicquot, there are two environmentally friendly options based on the recipient’s preference. The Clicquot Ice Box was designed in 2000; made from FSC-accredited cardboard with an inner, waterproof layer derived from 70 percent recycled materials, the chill box can be reused up to ten occasions. The Veuve Clicquot Fridge draws inspiration from the 1950s and was created in conjunction with industrial designer SMEG, intended to showcase the golden label in a recyclable, plastic-free tin that can maintain any bottle chilled for up to two hours. Its suggested retail price is between $72-76 and can be obtained at wine.com.