At Simpsons’ Wine Estate we are proud to be working on our commitment to sustainability across our whole business. Our team have been busy undertaking the relevant research and implementing the necessary measures to be able to make a difference to our environmental impact across all areas.
Located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), our 38 hectares of vineyards set an alluring scene. We feel so fortunate to be based in the idyllic Elham Valley and we are committed to conserving the local environment and promoting biodiversity on the Estate.
Our Winery is located in close proximity to our three vineyard sites and minimises transport of our grapes and also our teams to cultivate the vines.
In line with the Sustainable Wines of Great Britain certification scheme, our objectives in the vineyard are to:
• Manage our vineyards sustainably, with minimal pesticide and fertiliser inputs,
• Protect our vineyard soils, conserve the environment and promote biodiversity,
• Minimise our vineyard carbon footprint per hectare.
This shared undertaking to secure environmental sustainability at the heart of UK wine production continues into our winery where, in order to meet the criteria set out in the Sustainable Wines of Great Britain certification scheme, our team must ensure they are:
• Enhancing the sustainability of our winery design and winemaking practices,
• Minimising the volume of water used per bottle of wine and disposing of our winery wastewater responsibly,
• Reducing our carbon footprint per bottle of wine.
One of our primary steps to achieve this was taken in 2021, with the installation of a 30kw solar PV array, which at optimum production, covers all normal office and winery functionality.
After a considerable amount of work and true Simpsons’ team dedication, we are proud to announce that in July 2022 both our Vineyard and Winery teams celebrated achieving their Sustainability Certification. This means that from the 2022 vintage onwards, we will proudly be able to add this trademark to our wine labels. This was a significant undertaking to demonstrate our commitment and responsibility to minimising our impact on the environment whilst maximising our contribution to environmental conservation and biodiversity. We are pleased to be working with WineGB and fellow producers to continue to uphold and improve sustainability across the sector.
We also subscribe to the Walpole 'Sustainability Manifesto', which in addition to its pledges to safeguard the environment and natural resources, also promotes the transition towards a circular economy and encourages businesses to work with ‘responsible’ suppliers who can provide traceability across their supply chain. We apply these principles to all product development, with particular emphasis on packaging recyclability.