Snoqualmie gets greener with new eco-capsules

By on September 24, 2016
Snoqualmie Winery

Snoqualmie Wines is one of the greenest winery operations in Washington. Its new eco-friendly capsules reduce each bottle’s carbon footprint. (Image courtesy of Snoqualmie)

PATERSON, Wash. – Snoqualmie Vineyards, one of Washington’s greenest wineries, is rolling out a new eco-design wine capsules.

The first wines to feature the new capsules are the 2014 reds and 2015 white wines.

The new eco-friendly capsules are fashioned with bio-based polyethylene produced with sugar cane and water-based inks, rather than oil and solvents.

It is the latest in Snoqualmie’s efforts to run a greener operation. A few of its other efforts:

  • Using eco-friendly glass bottles that are among the lightest in the industry. Lighter bottles not only use less glass, but they also require less fuel to ship. The Snoqualmie bottles result in a 13 percent reduction in carbon emissions.
  • Using 100 percent post-consumer waste materials for its labels and other printed materials.
  • Using corks and labels that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The corks also are certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
  • Snoqualmie also uses sustainable vineyard practices and grapes that are certified organic by the Washington state department of Agriculture for its “ECO” tier.

New eco-designed wine capsules

The new eco-designed wine capsules reduce emissions of C02 by 80 percent.

“I’m delighted that Rivercap’s Absolute Green Line (AGL) capsule is now a part of the Snoqualmie wine package,” said Snoqualmie’s longtime winemaker, Joy Andersen. “The AGL capsule provides a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the winery’s commitment to fostering a sustainable environment.”

Rivercap SA is in Spain’s Rioja region and has built an international reputation for producing premium-quality capsules for the global wine and spirits industry. It has facilities in Spain, France and the United States.

Snoqualmie Winery has been part of the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates family since being acquired in the 1980s. It became one of the first wineries in the state to craft wines from USDA-certified organically grown grapes and today has the largest certified organic vineyard in the state. The winery is based in Paterson at the Columbia Crest facility.

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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