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

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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"I want to make a difference... I want to make a freaking difference. I want to hopefully be known as somebody that took the risk to create a better life – to force some change. To forge a better way. There's a better way to do this."

Our founder, Clay Shannon, lacks no vision when it comes to making this world a better place to live for future generations. It's true; we don't have all the answers – sustainability is an ongoing project. We're ok with that. If that resonates with you; if you agree that someone has to put in the work, then stick around, because exciting things are on the horizon. 🥂
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Our Sunset Dinner at Ogulin Estate House featuring our Winemaker Annette Hoff is filling up fast!! Reserve your seats today for an unforgettable evening on Saturday, September 25th from 5pm to 9pm by emailing ogulinhouse@shannonridge.com !🥂

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Thankful for our fearless leader, Clay, and his vision for stewarding these lands and fostering a thriving ecosystem for generations to come. Bonus: he wouldn't do half bad in a hunting portrait above a fireplace somewhere! 😂

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