Chile: Figuring out wine's carbon footprint

on 19/12/10 at 2:49 pm

Wine

Vineyards are beginning to figure out how much fine wines contribute to climate change.

SANTIAGO, Chile — The path from vine to wine is easy to trace: grapes are grown, harvested, fermented and then bottled and shipped around the world.

The environmental cost of that undertaking is harder to measure. But Chilean wine makers have little choice than to embrace the challenge.

If they don’t, there could be no place for their merlots and cabernets on international shelves.

Major retail stores and governments want to know just how much fine wines contribute to climate change. And they want consumers to know too.

That means offering a calculation of just how much greenhouse gas is emitted per glass of wine.

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