As joyous as the festive season is, there is also plenty of extra waste that’s generated at this time of year; from wrapping paper to the increase in shipped goods. Not all parcels have to be wasteful, however, as proven by these eight wines that are encased by sustainable, reusable or eco-conscious packaging.
From recyclable sleeves to responsibly sourced labels, here are eight sustainable packaged wine bottles for feel-good gifting.
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and Rosé
Ruinart’s second skin is an eco-designed casing that eloquently presents the Maison’s signature Champagne bottle, while serving its purpose to preserve the Ruinart bubbles until opening. Made from 100 percent natural wood fibers, the recyclable cloak replaced the traditional, individual Champagne gift boxes in 2020 and became a symbol of the Maison’s global commitment to the environment and reducing waste. Both Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and Rosé bottles are presented in a second skin for an option between the house’s signature freshness or a slight addition of fruitiness, respectively. SRP $102, premierchampagne.com
Since launching in the summer of 2022 with a mission to create a quality eco-friendly wine, Juliet’s garnered attention for highlighting the sobering reality of waste in the wine world. Their 100 percent recyclable and reusable packaging produces 84 percent less waste than a glass bottle. When it comes to refills, the cylinder can be reused so Juliet provides a pouch-only option for consumers to only order the wine, which saves on energy for transport. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay join their portfolio of Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Rosé and Pinot Noir just in time for the holidays. SRP $35, drinkjuliet.com
Halter Ranch Ancestor
Ancestor is this Paso Robles winery’s flagship wine; a Bordeaux-style reserve blend and a dedication to the Ancestor Tree, the largest Coast Live Oak on record. The winery also respects nature by removing all foils on their wine bottles (which only contributes to more waste) and by sourcing the lightest weight bottles available to reduce energy during transport, which in turn reduces their carbon footprint. SRP $85, shop.halterranch.com
1000 Stories Zinfandel
This winery’s story was born from a curiosity about the influence of bourbon barrel aging on the taste and structure of wine. It all started with their Zinfandel in 2014, which is now the best place to familiarize yourself with the brand. A certified B-Corp, 1000 Stories reflects impressive commitments to the natural world, like their partnership with The Bison Project, supporting bison conservation at Yellowstone National Park and their labels that use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper, made from responsibly sourced wood fiber. SRP $18.99, 1000storieswine.com
Blue Bin from Ron Rubin Winery
Tucked into the Russian River Valley, Ron Rubin Winery has long presented a mission to heal the planet. Now, they’ve released their first premium sustainable wine packaged in a 750mL bottle that’s produced from 100 percent recycled materials; thus the bottle itself is 100 percent recyclable. The planet-friendly wine is available in four 2022 vintages, including Vin Rosé, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. SRP $15, bluebin.wine
Champagne Telmont’s dedication to the environment comes in the form of an extensive, multilayered campaign: “In the name of Mother Nature.” While ongoing, Champagne Telmont already stopped using gift boxes as well as production of transparent bottles (which use 0 percent recycled glass) opting for green bottles that are 100 percent recyclable and made from 85 percent recycled glass. Come the New Year, bottles from the Maison will be sent to the U.S. via Neoline ships—wind-powered maritime transport—which translates to lower carbon dioxide emissions and in 2026, Telmont will be releasing their 800g bottles that swept headlines as the lightest-ever Champagne bottle created earlier this year. SRP $71.99, reservebar.com
This iconic Napa Valley winery delights the eco-conscious with their 2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon that is bottled in glass sourced predominantly from California (cutting carbon emissions on transport) and with a label crafted from paper produced using a hydropower plant in upstate New York. The wine opens with a fresh flower bouquet on the nose that evolves to raspberry, blueberry and cedar on the palate with a soft finish and hint of coffee. SRP $200, montelena.com
When it comes to Veuve Clicquot, there are two eco-friendly options depending on the recipient’s preferences. The Clicquot Ice Box was created in 2000; made from FSC-certified cardboard that’s outfitted with an inner, waterproof layer created from 70 percent recycled materials, the cooling box is reusable up to ten times. The Veuve Clicquot Fridge is inspired by the 1950s in collaboration with industrial designer SMEG, to present the golden label in a recyclable, plastic-free tin that keeps any bottle chilled for up to two hours. SRP $72-76, wine.com