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Sustainability

Sustainability Statement

We consider the environmental consequences of all business decisions and strategies.
We pay close attention to waste, whether that be in materials or energy.
Our power is provided by a renewable energy company.
Our own packaging is, where possible, recycled and/or recyclable.
We are in regular contact with our suppliers to encourage them towards more sustainable choices.
Our vehicle is currently a small diesel van but we intend to replace this with an electric van at the earliest opportunity.
We recently received certification from Plastic Free Communities, a Surfers Against Sewage initiative, as an approved supplier.
We want to reduce the environmental impact of the products we sell so our list of organic, biodynamic and natural products is continuously expanding. We favour sustainably produced products wherever possible.

These aren’t just business decisions for us - this is the way we live our lives, and always have. 
We know many of our customers share our belief that sustainability should be central to every aspect of social and economic life.
We are fortunate to live and work in South Devon, truly an area of outstanding natural beauty and we'll play our small part in keeping it that way.

Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Products

Producing any product has an impact on the environment. Organic, biodynamic and natural producers are attempting to reduce the impact through a number of different strategies.

Certified Organic.

Certified Organic products are made from raw materials that are grown without the use of synthetic compounds, including insecticides, herbicides and fertilisers.

Most organic producers farm in such a way as to prevent problems occurring through good design, management and sustainable practices. 

They can still use some chemicals when necessary to help deal with problems with crops but there are strict controls on the types and quantities of chemicals they are allowed to use. 

Certification bodies such as The Soil Association, Ecocert and BioGro require growers to undertake annual audits to ensure compliance with their rules.

The benefits of Certified Organic Products are:

  1. Sustainability.
    By working with nature and minimising impacts on the environment, organic producers are more sustainable.
  2. Human health.
    This is a controversial area, but many people believe that organically farmed products are better for you than products sprayed with multiple synthetic compounds. Organic wines contain much lower and strictly controlled levels of sulphites which can cause allergic reactions in susceptible people.

Certified Biodynamic

"Biodynamic agriculture is a form of alternative agriculture very similar to organic farming, but it includes various esoteric concepts drawn from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Initially developed in 1924, it was the first of the organic agriculture movements. It treats soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care as ecologically interrelated tasks emphasizing spiritual and mystical perspectives." Source: Wikipedia.

Some of the practices of biodynamic farming can seem very strange and even unscientific. But the foundation of the philosophy is very scientifically sound - farming is undertaken holistically, emphasising the reuse and recycling of all waste materials and prioritising the health of the soil and biodiversity of the environment. No chemicals of any kind are used. 

The benefits of Certified Biodynamic Products are:

  1. Sustainability. 
    By working with nature, ensuring biodiversity and avoiding use of any chemical pesticides or fertilisers, biodynamic producers are much more sustainable.
  2. Human health.
    Many people believe that organically farmed products are better for you than products sprayed with multiple synthetic compounds. Very low levels of sulphites are allowed to be be added - but often none is used at all.
  3. Taste.
    This is inherently subjective and not exactly scientific, but having tried many thousands of wines we firmly believe that many biodynamic wines taste different to conventionally produced wines, in a good way. It's subtle but biodynamic wines seem to give a different impression of purity, freshness and intensity. This makes sense when you consider that grapes are products of the soil and soils in biodynamic farms are massively more diverse and full of life than in conventional farms. Healthy soils produce healthy vines which produce higher quality grapes. 

Natural Wines

"Natural Wine is farmed organically (biodynamically, using permaculture or the like) and made (or rather transformed) without adding or removing anything in the cellar. No additives or processing aids are used, and ‘intervention’ in the naturally occurring fermentation process is kept to a minimum. As such neither fining nor (tight) filtration are used. The result is a living wine – wholesome and full of naturally occurring microbiology." Source: RAW WIne Fair Website

Very often, natural wines taste somewhat different to conventionally produced wines. Mostly in a good way, but sometimes, unfortunately not. In our experience they are a little less stable than other wines - they contain no added preservatives so are rather like a fresh product. With those caveats, when they are good, they are often spectacularly so. Juicy, vibrant, full of life and energy - wine in its purest form.