Our bottles are lightweight glass
bottles. We use 775g bottles for
sparkling wine and 480g bottles for
the still wines. Over a year this means
we are saving 2.5 tonnes of glass and
the energy that would have been used
to melt down that glass into bottles.
The lighter weight also saves on fuel
used to transport the bottles to our
winery and from the winery to you.
We use natural cork for all our wines.
The cork comes from sustainable cork
forests in Portugal.
Our cardboard boxes are made from
recycled board. Labels and cartons
are not chlorine bleached and are
printed with solvent free inks.
All our packaging, bottles and cartons
are fully recyclable after use.
In the winery we only use chemicals where
absolutely neccesary. No fining agents are
used except bentonite (which is a clay
powder). No yeast is added to the juice.
Additions of Sulphur dioxide are kept to a
minimum, less than half the levels allowed in
The solar panels on the winery
roof generate more energy than is
used in the entire grape growing
and winemaking process. Any
surplus generated is sold back to
the National Grid.
Lighting in the winery is being
converted to low energy LED
lights which use a fraction of the
energy of normal light bulbs.
There is no heating in the winery!
Instead of a conventional air
conditioning system to keep
temperatures down in the winery
we have fitted an evaporative
cooler which operates on a small
motor using much less energy. It
also sucks the cold air into the
winery at night to further reduce
the need to use energy to cool the
inside of the buildings.
Growing grapes organically uses less chemicals
and less energy than non-organic viticulture. This
is because we don't use artificial fertilisers,
weed-killers or pesticides, all of which need
energy to produce.
Using less chemicals also means there is a much
lower risk of causing any water pollution from
spillages or chemicals being washed through the
The composts we use as our nutrient for the vines
we are locking up carbon in the soil. Adding this
effect to the carbon absorbed by the vines in
photosynthesis, we are moving towards being
The grape skins and stalks are
composted and returned to the
vineyard. We also compost filter
earth and winery waste. Not only
does this keep our waste on the
farm, but also it is a valuable
We also buy in a few hundred
tonnes of green waste compost
from the council each year, helping
them to dispose of composted
green waste in a useful way
Limney Farm is a 40 acre farm with only 4 acres of vines. So
what is the rest of it?
We have 10 acres of ancient coppice woodland which is cut for
There are 25 acres of pastures used to graze our sheep. The
wiltshire Horn sheep are an Ancient English breed dating back
beyond Medieval times. The grazing is managed to enhance
biodiversity, both insects, birds, mammals and wildflowers.
We have beehives on the farm and produce a small amount of
our own honey.
The field sizes are very small on the farm, following the field
boundaries that have existed fro centuries. We have replanted
some hedges that are shown on the old OS maps but had been
removed in the past. We have practiced our hedge laying skills
on several hedges, while some are left to grow taller and wider.
There are four ponds and numerous streams and ghylls.
The whole farm is registered with the Environmental
Overall it is a wildlife paradise and a beautiful place to live and
We are always careful to minimise
the use of water in the winery.
Tanks and equipment are cleaned
with steam or hand washed which
uses much less water. Washing
water is recycled and re-used.
We have plans to colelct water
from the winery roof and this can
be used for washing down winery
and vineyard machinery as well as
drinking water for livestock
We are inspected by the Soil
Association every year to make
sure we are staying within the
We also get inspected by Natural
England for the Environmental
Stewardship Scheme, to check we
are managing the farm properly.
The inspectors are often a great
source of advice as well.
We also had an energy audit that
showed our total energy use is
more than balanced out by the
energy generated by our solar
Sustainable wine production
Everything we do seems to have an impact on the environment, from washing the car to making a cup of tea.
And what about wine production? There's fuel for tractors, risk of pollution from agro-chemicals, transport costs, lots of water, lots of electricity to
operate winery equipment, energy to make glass bottles and nitrogen fertilisers .... the list goes on.
What we have tried to do is look carefully at everything we do and work out ways to minimise any environmental damage we cause in the process of
growing grapes and winemaking. This has to be done while still making the highest quality wines possible.
On this page we attempt to explain some of the measures we have taken. Any new ideas are always welcome.
All of our wine is sold in the UK, so it hasn't been shipped round
the world or even from Europe. Our courier deliver as directly
as possible and don't use a sorting depot - a delivery to London
goes from Sussex to London, not via Manchester or anywhere
We also buy everything we need from local suppliers if possible
(you can't yet buy corks from UK cork forests). This supports
the local economy and also avoids unneccesary transport