Wines with a sustainable or organic outlook are increasingly sort out by discerning customers. A number of exhibitors at this year’s London Wine Fair will be launching new products and showing new vintages which fit the bill. New Zealand winery, Little Beauty, makes its wines using 100% Sustainable Winegrowing techniques and has been awarded New Zealand’s 100% Sustainable Accreditation and resource management is always at the forefront of their daily agenda. All the Little Beauty wines are classified ‘single vineyard’, and the range is made up of a broad varietal set – with more than just Sauvignon Blanc under their belt they also grow and make Dry Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir.
Organic wines and sustainability are similarly important themes being promoted by Domaines Paul Mas this year. In 2015, Jean-Claude Mas purchased Domaine Silène des Peyrals in Herault, which boasts 24 hectares of organically managed vineyards that will complement the existing organic projects being implemented across Domaines Paul Mas.
Italy is creating an “Organic and Natural Section” on its generic Italian Pavilion for the first time – a reflection of the growth in organic viticulture there. Maltby & Greek will show new artisanal Greek wines this year, on its Esoterica stand. All are organic, including Toinos Winery from Tinos Island, Domaine Karanikas from Amyntaoi in Northern Greece, which also farms biodynamically, and Ktima Vourvoukeli from Avdira Thrace.
Leading UK agent, Hatch Mansfield is working with Carbon offsetting company, Carbon Footprint. Hatch Mansfield has short listed three off-setting schemes, which they feel resonate and will be asking visitors to their stand vote for the project they will support to offset their 2015 carbon emissions. They also continue to work with the Woodland Trust by planting trees at their Heartwood Forest site.