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Shannon Ridge Switches to Reduced-Weight Wine Bottles From Recycled Materials; Furthers Commitment to Sustainability & The Environment

From day one, Shannon Ridge Family of Wines was founded with environmental stewardship at its core. Look no further than 2011 Clay Shannon waxing poetic on “polyculture” and sheeping the vineyards with 700 head.

“Sustainability is a term that’s widely used and, frankly, we need to put some teeth in it.”

Indeed, one has enough literature on “sustainability” in the wine aisles to give Outside Magazine a run for its money. How many consumers, when faced with the real efforts of those wineries, would lose their appetite? Environmental friendliness is easy to claim, even easier to preach, but difficult to demonstrate in earnest. How, then, does a winery set itself apart from the circus?

Winning Half the Battle

Over the years, The Ovis Cycle has reduced the use of mowers, tractors, weed eaters, and other means of fossil fuel consumption. The animals have allowed the human crews to work more efficiently by removing unwanted basil leaves and trunk suckers from the vines. Sheep cut down on the need for herbicides, protect against wildfires, and provide natural fertilizer. The need for human intervention in the vineyards is drastically mitigated, reducing the environmental impact property-wide.

For anyone following Shannon Ridge over the years, this is old news. These practices are important, however, as a springboard for the years to come. Success in the vineyards has turned Shannon’s attention outward, to the packaging, consumption, and shipment of his sustainably-farmed wines. After all, why fuss with sustainability only to enjoy its fruit from a styrofoam cup?

Winning Half the Bottle 

One of the largest hurdles to environmental-friendliness that a winery faces is in its packaging. Traditional wine bottles are heavy and cumbersome; cases of thick bottles leave the winery on a box truck, destined for restaurants, liquor stores, and front porches nationwide. The thicker the glass, the less cargo space is available, forcing delivery drivers to take more “passes,” picking up and dropping off fewer numbers of cases at a time.

Shannon Ridge is pleased to announce a transition to lighter, reduced-weight bottles that will cut down on carbon emissions and gas usage. Put simply, this will allow for a greater volume of wine to be shipped in each truckload.

Loading a shipping truck at Shannon Ridge

The new bottles will reduce trucking related carbon usage by an average of more than 20% in logistics alone. This also saves energy usage in manufacturing and makes better use of retail shelf space. Additionally, the new bottles are composed of eco-friendly recycled glass, once again reducing energy usage and carbon emissions in manufacturing.

Despite the enticing alternatives, Shannon Ridge is also committed to the use of cork enclosures. Cork is a natural material and renewable resource harvested from cork trees, which reduces carbon emissions and supply the world with much-needed oxygen. By contrast, synthetic enclosures and screw caps require pit-mining and fabrication using fossil fuels.

Winning Tomorrow

Looking ahead, the industry has a long way to go. Wineries and consumers can work together with advancements in technology to develop new solutions and strive for a pattern of creation and consumption built to last. Progress in sustainability, however incremental, is worth celebrating.

Shannon Ridge’s quest to bring meaning back to sustainability has elevated the buzzword over the decades from mere “practices” and “efforts” to the cultivation of an entire ecosystem. It is with great pride that the Family persists in seeking improvements and solutions throughout the entire lifecycle of these beautiful Lake County wines.

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Come down to the Shannon Mercantile this Saturday for a party that’s guaranteed to get you into the Fourth of July spirit.

We’ll have Red, White & Rosé wine specials all day and extended hours from 11am -7pm.

Jam to the party-band music of Lake County’s beloved @thefunkydozen from 4-7pm. Bring a big appetite for the fresh, seasonal eats of @roseycooks.

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Bees aren't needed to fertilize grapevines, which are usually propagated from cuttings. Nonetheless, bees are crucial to the annual harvest on the Shannon vineyards. Why?

Because the agricultural health of our property depends on these beneficial insects. They are the primary pollinators for numerous plants up and down the vineyard, helping to keep nitrogen levels in balance.

The presence of bees is a sign that we've got a thriving ecosystem. Next time you toast a glass of vino—from our family of wines, of course—give thanks to these busy workers.

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Today is National Rosé Day, and we offer a beautiful rendition of it bursting with floral aroma and notes of strawberry, guava and white peach.

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Anticipation is a frequent visitor at the vineyards.

During winter, you're anticipating the first flush of buds on the vines come spring. In springtime, you're looking forward to seeing the clusters of fruit grow heavier and heavier throughout the summer. And, of course, everyone eagerly awaits the fall harvest—and the magic that happens after the wine is bottled.

Right now, we're anticipating our busy summer season. Be sure to make a reservation at one of our tasting rooms (click link in bio) and check back often for special events throughout the season.