Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices


In the wine cellar district of Ollauri, three old buildings and a spectacular plot of underground caves hold Bodegas Ollauri - Conde de los Andes. Since 2014 this winery assumes the legacy of the old Paternina.

Bodega Casa Vigil

Sustainable Practices in Bodega CASA VIGIL

4 Conceptual axes of work:

Artists’ House

Cult wine and Product-based Cuisine.

Natural and family atmosphere.

Sustainable  House.

All these working areas are correlated and have one ultimate goal: turning Chachingo into a sustainable destination, where inhabitants feel proud and happy of the place they live. In this way, they will transmit to visitors the love and the strong identity that is breathed in the place.

Our sustainability work essential basis is to develop the community we inhabit: Chachingo, a place located in the department of Maipú, Mendoza. Based on the concept of Local Development, we have started to carry out sustainable practices related to environmental protection and Chachingo inhabitants well-being.

Sustainable Practices:

-Cultural actions with the Community: Chachingo School. School building repairs, paintings and drawings made in the walls of the classrooms by artists from Mendoza. Catering healthy snacks. Fundrising events.

- Organic garden: the revaluation of resources. "Conservation and management of biodiversity is not possible without the preservation of cultural diversity"

- Product – Based Cuisine: It highlights the excellence of raw material almost in pure state, being hardly manipulated by the chef. It also claims to be eco-cuisine, one of the latest trends. It is linked to sustainability and environmental care, which stands for the use of eco-friendly products.

- Recycling: waste separation, searching of recycling plants, transfer and the gathering funds to support the school of Chachingo.

- EARTH CHECK Evaluate: we work with a program that recognizes organizations that engage in sustainable practices. The evaluation is a tool for operators who want to become green, clean and with greater social responsibility. It assesses an operator’s economic, social and environmental impact. 

Etude Wines

Etude was founded on the philosophy that winemaking begins in the vineyard long before the harvest and that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker, resulting in authentic varietal expression. Visit them and enjoy their critically acclaimed wines including their limited production single vineyard Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Westwind Weine / Hein Winery

Protection and preservation of cultural landscape – this is a core topic which the Hein winery has committed itself to. In order to transfer the sustainability of the vineyard to the winery, the wine house building was built under the aspects of sustainability in 2015: vacant vault cellars were integrated into the building, old staves were supplied for new usage as panelling. Beside several solar systems for generation of electricity also a wood chipping heating system with grapevine is run to take account of the sustainability character.

Westwind wines reside at and inside the tower of the newly built wine house of the Hein winery: This raises in a fresh green as the counterpart of the medieval living tower and the defense tower on the opposite side which has been guarding the entrance to the Zellertal in Wachenheim for more than 10 centuries. From each floor of the building a new facade of the cultural landscape can be admired while enjoying wines – culminating in a beautiful panorama view on the terrace which reaches down to the Zellertal.

Whistling Kite Wines

Organic and biodynamic are certainly buzz-words in the wine industry today, but Riverland producers Whistling Kite Vineyard’s dedication to these principles dates back 30 years to something far more personal than a trend. To owners Pam and Tony Barich “we are only custodians of the land, and it’s our duty to maintain healthy soil for future generations.” Founded in 1976 Tony’s abstention from synthetic fertilisers and nitrates was recognised as certifiably organic in 1997, with biodynamic certification coming 10 years later.

Eppard in der 100 Guldenmühle

The award for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices goes to the Restaurant Eppard in der 100 Guldenmühle at Appenheim. In a picturesque setting, a historic flour mill, over 150 years old, is nestled within a reconstructed old mill complex. At the convergence of no fewer than eight regional hiking and bicycle trails, this restaurant offers local and Mediterranean cuisine to accompany wines from Appenheim and the region. Sustainability and quality are not merely pervasive in the restaurant’s choice of produce, but also in the preservation of the basic building structure and its regional Rheinhessen character. Reason enough for the jury to honor Eva Eppard’s commitment with a Best Of Award.


Viña Matetic:

At Matetic Vineyards, we make wines with their own authentic character and a true sense of place while remaining sustainable and inline  with environmentally concious practices.


The main Sustainable Wine Tourism Practice of Verallia  Recycle Glass Campaign: “Vidrio, una acción transparente”

Verallia Argentina launched the glass recycling campaign “Vidrio, una acción transparente”, to promote environmental awareness and support of nonprofit institutions. 

This campaign was initiated four years ago. It consists of placing containers in strategically located venues (Supermarkets, Shopping, Instituto Nacional Vitivinícola, etc.) where people can deposit their glass bottles instead of throwing them away. Verallia donates the value of this glass to an organization of public welfare, which in this case is the Dr. Humberto Notti Children's Hospital Foundation who intends this donation for the construction of Rehabilitation Center.

Since its beginnings in June 2012, the recycle glass campaign had donated $235.000 = 240.000 kilogram of glass collected to recycle. We started with 4 containers and today we have 30.  

Web site: htt://



Subscribe to RSS - Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices