Moreover, the effects of global warming likely result in more wine grown and produced in the UK over the coming years, with an increase in vineyards being planted further north. This raises the question of sustainability.
Growing vines is water-intensive. Recognising that the UK wine industry needs to become more sustainable, WineGB, the national association for the English and Welsh wine industry, launched Sustainable WineGB in 2020. Sustainable WineGB has many objectives, including to “reduce the volume of water used per bottle of wine” and to “deploy an environmentally responsible wastewater management system”.
So what measures can vineyards take to become more water efficient and reduce water bills?
At its Sustainability in the Vineyard conference in 2021, the UK organisation Sustainable Wine held a session about water use in the wine industry. The discussion was focused on water efficiency and sustainability, with speakers discussing their own sustainability measures in vineyards and wineries. The main points were:
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