Although I enjoy drinking fine frugal wines, I’ve never considered the carbon footprint of wine – until now. According to Dr. Vino, National Geographic just published a diagram that illustrates the carbon footprint of wine by region.
The results are a bit surprising – it shows that it is actually far better for a New Yorker to drink wine produced in France, Chili, or even Australia than in California. Why? Because wine produced in the US is shipped by truck or plane, instead of boat. The minute your wine gets onto a truck or a plane, the carbon emissions escalate. As a recent article in the NY times explains, glass is the main culprit, adding mass. Wine stored in tetra-packs can be packed much more efficiently. However, as Josh pointed out to me, tetra-packs require more energy to recycle than glass.
The best solution is to drink local wines. Living in Guelph means that my lowest carbon emitting wines would come from the Niagara region, Pelee Island, and the small wine producing region surrounding Port Perry. I’m guessing that the next best solution would be to buy from New York State. For international wines, France is probably the best choice.
Where does your wine come from? What is your preferable low-carbon emitting, frugal wine?