Sustainability

High quality, sustainably grown champagnes

We believe that each and everyone can have a positive impact on gas emission levels. With our partners, we’re working towards a more sustainable future, respectful of our finite quantity of resources, whether those resources are readily and freely available or not.

We look at our impact through the products we import. With our partners, we strive towards high standards of social and environmental performance.

EXCEPTIONAL CHAMPAGNES AND RESPONSIBLE USE OF LAND

SimplyChampagne curates exceptional champagnes that are representative of the quality of the terroir (soil and area) they come from and of their producer’s commitment.

Among the 4,300 independent champagne producers in Champagne, France, we select champagnes made from grapes farmed through sustainable, biological or even biodynamic methods fermented using natural yeasts and produced with no acidification or additives

Responsible soil farming practices

The family champagne estates and artisans that handcraft their champagnes are deeply committed to sustainable farming and winemaking practices through increased protection & regeneration of their soils. Pesticides and herbicides are only used in exceptional situations and rather replaced by a better balance and harmony between the vine and other plants through biodiversity.

Wine Making

Each grapevine is pruned individually by hand and individually harvested by hand. The grape bunches are then sorted by hand before pressing, which gives a pristine fruit to work with, allowing for minimal intervention in the winery. Our champagne makers are then able to use wild yeast ferments when appropriate, and very low rates of cultured yeast which allows the natural yeast on the grapes to play its part.

During harvest – the highest energy-consuming season – grapes are kept away from sun heat to protect them and to keep temperatures low. VATs are pre-cooled to allow for faster cooling and lower energy usage. Grape wastes and water are fully recycled. 

Packaging

The champagnes imported are bottled in lightweight glass. This innovation allows to dramatically reduce the grower’s carbon footprint as glass packaging accounts for the highest energy usage worldwide. Glass bottles require a large amount of energy to produce due to the high melting temperature of the materials.

Energy

Transport and winery electricity use. Transport and packaging together roughly represent 70% of the average carbon life cycle, with grape growing at 13% and winemaking at 17%. In fact production of the bottle accounts for around 50% of the average winery’s greenhouse gas emissions. Advances in glass production have resulted in a new innovation: light-weight glass to reduce the gas emission footprint.
The Champagne region – unlike other wine growing regions in France – cannot water its vineyards in the summer months, so water usage is legally regulated.

SUSTAINABILITY TAKE AWAYS

  • Natural, sustainable, or biodynamic farming
  • Old-growth vines of at least 35 years of age
  • Hand-harvested fruits as per the champagne making rules
  • Minimum human soil intervention
  • No chemical additives for aroma, color, flavor or texture enhancement
  • No commercial yeast for flavor alteration
  • No or minimal addition of SO2 (Sulfites)

SimplyChampagne Carbon Footprint

We closely track carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emission data that our champagne producers and freight transportation partner shares with us to understand and estimate our cost to nature for the shipment importation.

Shipping

We select the closest port to reduce land transportation fuel emission, regrouping goods. Our shipment partner has a goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per container by 45% (from 2008 levels). More than half of that goal has already been reached. 

We work with shipment partners who have adopted the Clean Cargo standards tracking.

Forestation

We are taking steps to decarbonize our operations in order to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

To counterbalance our CO2 emission, we have partnered with some of our wine growers to plant a tree. By planting the appropriate tree type approved by our knowledgeable wine growers and local agronomer, we aim to increase the amount of carbon stored within trees.

Packaging & Paper

We import lighter champagne glass bottles, glass being the highest source of CO2 emission, right before transportation.

We use Champagne packaging box with minimal ink and use referrals from the SPC (Sustainability Packaging Coalition)and Packaging Europe for new applicable norms and innovations. Here is an innovation example.

Industrial Process Optimization

We support the change of industrial production processes to reduce the use of emission of greenhouse gases (e.g. early tank cooling, self-sufficient energy production).

Reinvesting in Local Projects and Innovations

We support local projects to recycle or upcycle material investments and to innovate by creating new services (lending material, other social or environmental benefits provided by the offset project like selling energy surplus, water quality improvement, increased biodiversity knowledge).

What is a Carbon Offset?

A carbon offset is a scientifically quantified reduction in greenhouse gas emissions created when one metric ton of greenhouse gas is captured, avoided, or destroyed in order to compensate for an equivalent emission made elsewhere.

What is a Clean Cargo Standards?

Clean Cargo standards tracks CO2, Sulphur oxides emission mainly due to the presence and burning of sulphur compound in the fuel (SOx), nitrogen oxides produced during combustion emissions (NOx), waste management, water effluents, chemical use, Environmental Management System, transparency.

What is Greenhouse Gas?

One of several gases, especially carbon dioxide, that prevents heat from the earth escaping into space, causing the greenhouse effect. Greenhouse effect is an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere, that is believed to be the cause of gradual warming of the surface of the earth.