2006 vintage: Part Two: Lightweigh(t)ing is now a verb

by Laura Gray on July 12, 2010

DSCF34251 225x300 2006 vintage: Part Two: Lightweigh(t)ing is now a verbIn the old days, when we had a restaurant, the cost and prestige of a wine went hand in hand with the bottle weight. One could practically tell from an empty bottle’s weight what its price point would have been.

These days are over.  As part of our move towards sustainability we have opted for a lighter bottle from 2006 vintage onwards. I have been researching and checking what’s available and we are now ready to place our first order.

Our new bottle weighs nearly 200 grams less than the last one. That’s nearly a third less.

There is no doubt that it still counts as a heavy bottle, weighing in at 550 gr… but this change will nevertheless reduce the carbon footprint of our wines significantly.

The “new” bottle is a Bordolese bottle.  The length of the bottle neck and height of the bottle is unaffected. As far as regards the protection and safekeeping of our wines during their long potential cellar aging and their safety during transit nothing has been compromised.

It is produced by the prestigious French firm, St.Gobain… but in their Italian factories (phew!) so we haven’t cancelled the positive effects of the light bottle by having to import from another country.

For more information regarding the business of light bottles, here are some great links:

http://www.drvino.com/2007/10/30/calculating-the-carbon-footprint-of-wine-my-research-findings/

http://www.wrap.org.uk/downloads/GlassRight_Wine_lightweighing_-_web_version.0ec074f9.5381.pdf

http://www.decanter.com/news/182202.html



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Jeremy Parzen July 20, 2010 at 5:41 am

great post… I love handing folks an empty bottle of Quintarelli and watching their surprise at how light it is… just like the old Bordeaux bottles from the 70s (and even 80s) in Montalcino… great post…

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Il Palazzone July 20, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Grazie! So odd how times change – I know what you mean about the 1970s bottlings of "uva sangiovese da Montalcino". Just saw yesterday that Champagne have lowered their bottle weight across the board : http://www.connexionfrance.com/champagne-bottles-

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