A sustainable wine business
Being a sustainable wine business is very important to us, which is why we’ve invested heavily in renewable energy generation.
Our aim is to be the greenest and most sustainable wine business in the world. We believe we’re well on the way.
Our business is powered almost completely by renewable wind and solar energy. The clean energy we produce helps to offset our transport fleets’ carbon footprint. We only use about 43% of the energy we generate, with any excess power feeding into the National Grid.
We erected three 50m EWT wind turbines on our site in 2011, 2013 and 2014. These now provide over 5.5 million kW hours of electricity per year, with approximately 50% of this used ourselves. We believe we’ve turned a possibly disadvantage of being located on a windy hill in County Durham into a competitive advantage.
In 2005 we built a much needed office extension, using the greenest and most sustainable materials and techniques available. Home to half of our offices, board and meeting rooms, a catering kitchen and a tasting room, our new eco-friendly home is powered by solar panels covering the roof. County Durham isn’t exactly known for long seasons of strong sunshine, so our turbines pick up any slack on darker days.
Our windows are high tech glass which help us to control the temperature, keeping us cool in summer and warm in winter. We heat and cool the building using air source heat pumps, which extract the heat from the air outside rather than use power. Our lighting is power saving and automatic, turning itself off when a room is not in use to conserve energy.
We keep our transport emission as low as possible. Our fleet includes:
– Volvo low emission vehicles
– Nissan Leaf EVs, charged with wind generated power
– Mercedes Euro 6 rated trucks
You may have seen our Carbon Minus stamp or logo on some of our wines.
This stamp means we’ve bottled this wine on our sister company, Greencroft Bottling‘s lines. These are predominantly powered by wind energy. This means that where possible, we’ve worked to offset the carbon used in the transportation of the wine.