Slow Wine Coalition

Together for a good, clean and fair wine

The Slow Wine Coalition brings together everyone involved in the international wine chain, from farmers and viticulturalists to distributors and sommeliers.

 

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The Slow Wine Coalition stands for the following:


Wineries must grow a minimum 70% of the grapes used in the production of their wine themselves. Exceptions are given for regions in which widespread sourcing is common, e.g. Madeira, Napa Valley, the south of Spain, etc.

Wineries may not use chemically synthesized fertilizers, herbicides, or anti-botrytis fungicides.

A conscious and sustainable approach to the use of environmental resources in winemaking must be applied. Dependence on irrigation systems must be limited and should only aim to avoid critical water-stress conditions.

Winery buildings, should they need to be constructed, must respect their environmental surroundings. Management, upkeep and eventual restauration of extant buildings should take sustainability into account.

Wineries should not utilize techniques like reverse osmosis or other physical methods of must concentration. Furthermore, the addition of RCGM (rectified concentrated grape must) or sugar (according to the country of production) is not permitted, with the exception of sparkling wines or wines where these practices fall under traditional techniques. Oak chips used to aromatize wines are also prohibited.

Permitted levels of sulfites should not exceed the limits listed under the European Union’s regulations for organic wine.

The wines must show terroir and reflect their place of origin. It is for this reason that we encourage the use of indigenous yeasts, as well as scientific research to isolate native yeasts which can then be replicated and used by the winery or other winemakers of the same area and geographical denomination

The wines must be free of any winemaking defects, as they tend to homogenize the wines and stamp out any regional identity.

Wineries should actively engage and collaborate with the entire surrounding farming community in order to strengthen and enhance the agricultural system of the area. In this vein, the winery must maintain a principled relationship with its associates, as well as its employees, fostering personal and professional growth. It is moreover important that the winery cooperates and shares knowledge with other producers, avoiding unfair competition.

Sustainable winemakers encourage biodiversity through practices such as: alternating vineyards with hedges and wooded areas; soil management practices that include grass and green manure and exclude, in any case, bare soil, with potential exceptions for short, seasonal periods; the protection of pollinating insects and useful fauna through the use of insecticides which are allowed in organic farming, where such interventions are necessary, and in any case avoiding their use during the flowering of the vine and of other herbaceous species present in the vineyard; the breeding of animals with respect for their welfare and the production of manure on the farm, as well as the production of compost from pruning residues and other organic materials.

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  • Our Goals

    We established the Slow Wine Coalition to transform the wine sector by adopting sustainable techniques, promoting inclusivity, and celebrating the diverse cultures that are inherent in wine and vine making. By emphasizing agroecological practices, cultural and biological diversities, and reducing the environmental impact along the entire wine production chain our coalition aims and hopes to build a community changing the wine world, sip by sip.

    Moreover, the coalition strives to make the world of wine more accessible and inclusive on multiple fronts.

    Promote Agroecological and Regenerative Cultivation, promoting Biodiversity: The coalition aims to encourage and disseminate sustainable farming practices, emphasizing a harmonious relationship between agriculture and ecology.

    Map and Identify Solutions to Reduce the Impact Along the Wine Chain: The goal is to map out and implement strategies to mitigate the environmental impact of wine production from vineyard to bottle.

    Making Wine Systems More Inclusive and Accessible: By opening the wine-related language and communication, trying to bridge gender disparities in the wine industry, promoting inclusivity and equal opportunities, addressing pricing issues and creating pathways for new and young wine producers to access land and resources, fostering diversity in winemaking, through the all the SWC Communities around the world.

    Establish an Intimate and Cooperative Network. We are cultivating a community that promotes collaboration among winemakers, distributors, sommelier, wine professionals and wine lovers. Because we are stronger together, we encourage cooperation and openness throughout the entire wine supply chain to most effectively promote fair prices, sustainable practices, and agroecological methods.

    The two-fold impact envisioned by the Slow Wine Coalition includes the safeguarding of biodiversity and the increased resilience of wine production in the face of the climate crisis, along with the reduction of the environmental impact along the wine chain. Ultimately, the coalition strives to create a more accessible and inclusive wine world for all stakeholders, from producers to consumers.

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