Champagne is synonymous with luxury and celebration, but its production can have a significant impact on the environment. Making champagne requires large amounts of water, energy, and other natural resources – which of course creates greenhouse gas emissions in the process. Luckily, there are now several eco-friendly champagne houses that are doing their best to reduce their impact on the environment. We’ve selected three of the best eco-friendly champagnes on available today:
1. Champagne Telmont
Champagne Telmont was family-owned until recently, when Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio invested in the company. DiCaprio is a famous for his campaigns to protect the environment, and he identified the House of Telmont as sharing the same convictions.
“Champagne Telmont, together with its partner wine-growers, has set its sights on producing 100% organic champagne, ensuring a completely sustainable production lifecycle in the coming years. From protecting biodiversity on its land, to using 100% renewable electricity, Champagne Telmont is determined to radically lower its environmental footprint, making me proud to join as an investor.”
2. Veuve Clicquot
Veuve Clicquot is one of the most famous champagne houses in the world, they have taken steps multiple steps to reduce their environmental impact. From using renewable energy sources and reducing their water usage to. Aside from 100% of their vineyards using sustainable viticulture, 100% of the parcels cultivated by them are managed without Herbicide. On the packaging side of things, they have reduced their overall packaging weight (including the glass bottles) and at the end of 2022 released an entirely eco-friendly Designbox for their Yellow Label expression.
Piper-Heidsieck is another champagne house that has made a commitment to sustainability. In August 2022, after a thorough assessment of a brand’s social and environmental impact by B Lab they became the first house in Champagne to achieve B Corp certification. Aside from working to reduce their carbon footprint (they’ve had the lightest bottle on the market since 2010), the brand made several firm commitments in order to meet the standards of the B Corp qualification, including a drastic energy saving programme (40% reduction in usage by 2025), no use of herbicides, pesticides or chemicals to treat rot, and a culture of inclusive employment.
At Green Bottle Co. we believe there is no such thing as “too small an effort” when it comes to doing “less harm” to the environment. Perhaps you never thought about it before, but why not tread lightly whilst sipping on your next glass of bubbly? Telmont, Veuve Clicquot, and Piper-Heidsieck are three excellent eco-friendly champagne options in this case, with each of their houses having taken serious steps towards reducing their environmental impact.