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At Templar Wines as part of our green values we recycle all paper and cardboard packaging. All invoicing, unless requested, is electronically sent not to save our print costs, but primarily to save the postage delivery foot print.
Our mail order wine boxes are made from 70% Recycled paper and are themselves 100% recyclable.
All bottles used in tastings are 100% recycled
We try to source as many wines as possible in bulk from the EU and are constantly working with our hauliers to minimize the physical movement of wine. 95% of the volume of our wine bought from the Old World (EU) is taken directly from winery to Templar Wines. We use bonded facilities which require whole pallet movement, again to reduce the amount of individual wine movements.
It is always a balancing act between being green and not compromising on core values regarding quality of wine, especially when it comes to deep water shipping. Essentially wine is best harvested, produced and bottled at the winery, where production and quality can be strictly monitored. The down side to this is that wine then has to be palletised and transported and shipped which is not the most efficient means of transport
Bulk transporting in flexi-tanks and bottling in the UK, is greener providing the bottles and closures are also produced and sourced from the UK. There can a drop off in quality, in our opinion, which sometimes means those wines do not pass our quality tests. We are pleased that our South African South Coast Social wines, Californian Compass Point White Zinfandel, the Australian The Vintner range, New Zealand Honu, Cloud Factory, Chilean Poetus ranges are all exceptional quality and are bottled in the UK.
We batch our orders for delivery, to reduce to an absolute minimum the time our vehicles are burning fuel. This occasionally means a 72 hour lead time for deliveries, however over 96% of orders are delivered either next day, same day or within 48 hours.
More and more we are sourcing organically grown wines made using sustainable wine producing methods. The Vrignaud Chablis, Domaine Tholomies, Sepp, Real Rubio Rioja and Adobe ranges are all organically produced and have been available since 2015. Wines such as Mundo Organic Tempranillo and Verdejo from La Mancha, Esporao Colheita along with our first Biodynamic Wines, Caiarossa, from Tuscany and Circumstance Sauvignon from South Africa have all been added in the last 12 months.. Watch this space as we are determined to add more Organic and Biodynamic wines in the coming year.
Vegetarian and Vegan Wines
It is clear that more and more of restaurant clientele are demanding Vegetarian and Vegan dishes. Much of this demand is driven by the UK public deciding that their food and dietary requirements must be sustainable in terms of agriculture, animal welfare and be kinder to our planet in terms of pollution and Global warming. A survey by comparethemarket.com released in April 2018 estimated that there are 3.5 million vegans in the UK based on a 2,000 sample .With this in mind since 2017, we flag all wines on our wine lists that are Vegetarian or Vegan friendly.