"At Cuvaison there is a shared concern from the staff about climate change and we feel compelled to do what we can to reduce Cuvaison's impact on our environment. Going solar and being certified Napa Green creates the most visual and obvious initiatives but they are only a few elements of what we are trying to achieve. We continue to look into the little ways of creating change within our own organization and through grassroots networks with our staff, their family and friends.” – Jay Schuppert, President

Cuvaison uses solar energy to help power the winery, generating up to 252 kW from 1,428 solar panels installed at the winery in Carneros. Our vineyards are Certified Napa Green Land and both locations (Calistoga and Carneros) are recognized as a Certified Napa Green Winery.

Cuvaison complies with the code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices. Compliance is measured based on performance in the following areas:

• Viticulture • Winery Water Conservation and Quality
• Soil Management • Material Handling
• Vineyard Water Management • Solid Waste Reduction and Management
• Pest Management • Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
• Wine Quality • Human Resources
• Ecosystem Management • Neighbors and Community
• Energy Efficiency • Air Quality

 

  

We have partnered with Yemm & Hart, a recycling company that converts cork into self-sustaining products, to create a recycling program that promotes the education and collection of corks.    CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE >>

Why recycle wine corks?   What are recycled wine corks used for?
There are 13 billion (yes, billion!) natural cork wine stoppers sold into the world market each year. At present, the majority of them end up in landfills. Cork is ideal for recycling. It is biodegradable, renewable, energy efficient, sustainable and 100% natural.        Recycled wine corks can find a new life as shoe soles, fishing rod handles, bulletin boards, place mats, flooring tiles, building insulation, gaskets, packaging materials, under playground equipment, and even as a soil amendment in compost.
        
What makes natural cork environmentally special?   What wine corks are included in this program?
Natural cork is made up of billions of cells. This gives cork its buoyant, elastic quality as well as the ability to absorb and retain nearly 9 grams of C02 throughout the life of the cork. And, with 13 billion corks sold each year worldwide, cork is an important source of C02 retention.  

Corks made of granular particles, like Champagne corks, are called “technical” corks and they are included. Synthetic corks and aluminum screw cap closures are also not included in this program.

 

Where can I send my corks to be recycled?

Make Cork Recycling a Way of Life! Continue to collect corks and ship them directly to Yemm & Hart:

Wine Cork Recycling
Yemm & Hart Ltd.
425 North Chamber Dr.
Fredericktown, MO 63645