(Sourced from our e-newsletter on April 20, 2018)
As fermentations come to an end and the wines comes to life, the movement from barrel to bottle brings a new set of logistics. Labels are finalized, glass bottles are shipped from France, boxes are ordered, and the list goes on. One constant element in the chaos of production, is our steadfast aversion to putting capsules on our wines. It’s a decision that may seem curious in the world of fine wine, but we believe the minimalism is necessary to reduce waste and harm to our planet. After all, capsules are purely decorative; they were historically used to protect wine from vermin in the cellar. To comply with European import regulations, a limited number of bottles sent overseas are the only Forge wines that ever use capsules.
According to the Ocean Conservatory, we produce more than 2.5 billion tons of solid waste globally each year. Plastic waste accounts for over 275 million tons, and every year, 8 million tons of plastic finds its way into our oceans. The Environmental Protection Agency states that in the United States alone, there are over 10,000 old municipal landfills and the number of active landfills in the U.S. is greater than 3,000.
These numbers are heartbreaking. At Forge, we are very conscious of the environment that gives us the ability to pursue our passion. We want to be calculated and conscientious with our approach in the vineyard and in the winery, including our packaging. Our goal is to nurture a symbiotic relationship with the Earth, to feed, listen, and translate the terroir with clarity. For these reasons, we do our part not to contribute to the ever-growing plastic waste in the world.
Wine capsules are often made of tin, PVC, or Polylam, of which only tin is recyclable. Tin is also the most expensive option of capsule, and only a small fraction of wineries who use capsules actually choose tin over other options, thus the waste grows.
In honor of Earth Day, we raise our naked bottles and give thanks to Mother Nature!
If you'd like to learn more about plastic pollution in our oceans, please watch the video below published by the United Nations.