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Carbon neutral winery launched

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bordeaux winery Vignobles Lancombe is claiming that it is set to be France's first carbon-neutral winery.

The company is investing in carbon-offset schemes to balance the emissions it produces.

It is also initiating efficiencies to cut emissions at its four vineyards, with elements such as controlling wine temperature.

Owner Remi Lacombe said CO2 greenhouse gas was given off during vinification, bottling and transportation, and is company was using data from German environmental consultancy Climate Partner to work out its carbon emissions.

The consultancy is to manage the offset process and issue a certificate to the winery showing that this has been successful. Bottles will be marketed with carbon neutral neck labelling.

The company produces 365,000 bottles of red annually.