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The RSPB have worked closely with Virgin Wines to carefully choose a range of environmentally friendly wines and celebrate sustainable wine growing.

Each and every wine grower chosen helps contribute to RSPB’s mission to save nature, by consciously considering the way they can work with nature when producing each bottle.

The growers we have selected have realised they can get better quality wine by working with nature not against it, and we hope you will also agree when you try this wonderful selection. Browse our collection below:

Wine
De Martino Ladera Reserva (Chile)
  • This full-bodied, organic Chilean red wine comes beautifully presented in a straw-filled wooden box. This would make a lovely gift for someone special.
  • Why we've chosen this wine: The philosophy of the De Martino winery, is to offer the best quality possible wines, produced and delivered with the highest standards of sustainability. The winery uses several organic and sustainable winemaking methods. They fully converted to organic practices in 2001 and are currently the second largest producer of organic wines in Chile. De Martino has also worked hard to make their wine bottles as light as possible, and are the first carbon-neutral winery in Latin America.
  • Tasting notes: The blending of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Syrah grapes has resulted in a wine with concentration, balance and a wonderful purity of fruit. The award-winning De Martino winery in Chile has used French oak to add layers of complexity. This is a spicy red and black berry scented wine that will mature beautifully over the years.
  • Grape type: Syrah / Shiraz blend
  • Wine style: Full & fruity red
  • 75 cl bottle
  • 14 % vol
  • 2012 vintage
Les Terrasses de L'Argentier Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc (France)
  • This dry white wine from Gascony, France, is made primarily from the Gros Manseng grape which gives it a floral hint. Beautifully presented in a straw-filled wooden box, this would be a lovely treat for a wine lover.
  • Why we've chosen this wine: Francois Lurton's Bordeaux vineyard operates without any herbicides and uses only natural fertilisers. 75% of their bottles are made using recycled glass, and they are moving to lighter bottles to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Tasting notes: The primary grape, the Gros Manseng, is perfumed, floral and lifts the wine from the start, with delightfully intense apricot and quince fruit all the way through to its spicy finish. Full of character, this Sauvignon blend is fragrant and very moreish!
  • Grape type: Sauvignon blend
  • Wine style: Fragrant but dry white
  • 75 cl bottle
  • 12 % vol
  • 2014 vintage
Cloudy Bay Pelorus (New Zealand)
  • A classic, sparkling white from one of New Zealand's most famous vineyards. Mark a special occasion with this gift-boxed bottle of bubbly loveliness!
  • Why we've chosen this wine: The Cloudy Bay vineyard in Marlborough, New Zealand considers the environment and social impact in all that they do. Plants growing within the vines protect the soil from the harsh sun, allowing nutrients to generate more readily. Clovers and peas are encouraged to grow as they are able to capture atmospheric nitrogen and convert it to organic nitrogen in the leaves, which become available for uptake by the vine. During winter, sheep graze in the vineyard keeping weeds under control with the added benefit of spreading manure around the vineyard. Waste water from the winery is used in the adjacent gum tree woodlot and native plantation. Gum trees are quick growing and provide firewood for the cellar door and accommodation facilities. Next to the woodlot is a development of native plantings; an ecosystem attracting local bird species, notably the native Tui bird, back to the Wairau Valley.
  • Tasting notes: Pelorus Brut is a Chardonnay-predominant blend of selected vintages. The pale straw colour and aromas of ripe citrus fruits indicate the Chardonnay origins of this wine. It is a fresh, aperitif style sparkling wine with apple crisp flavours, underpinned by nutty yeast complexity derived from 2 years bottle maturation on lees.
  • Grape type: Champagne blend
  • Wine style: Sparkling Non Champagne
  • 75 cl bottle
  • 12.5 % vol
Famille Perrin Cotes Du Rhone (France)
  • Fresh, fruity and balanced, the grapes are grown at an altitude that offers freshness and consequently provides a good acidity level.
  • Why we've chosen this wine: Wine has been the focus of the Perrin family for over a century. They have a deep belief that working organically, maintaining traditional manual methods, is the only way to craft wines that truly express the land. Famille Perrin were one of the earliest biodynamic vineyards in France (since 1974). Biodynamics remove all man-made pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers from the vineyards. They use horses to plough some plots to reduce environmental impact of tractors – both as pollutants and as compactor of soil which effects the aeration of soil. Grasses, wild flowers and cereals planted in between vine rows (every other row) encourages bio-diversity and encourages populations of bees, birds and ladybirds as well as reducing soil erosion. Water recycling systems in the winery to reduce clean water consumption. Additionally their wine barrels are sourced from sustainable forests.
  • Tasting notes: A classic Southern Rhone blend driven by red and black fruit-filled Grenache, from Grand Prebois vineyards, very close to the Beaucastel estate, plus spicy, earthy Syrah from the exciting Vinsobres area. The rest is a carefully-selected melange of Carignan, Mourvedre and Cinsault.
  • Grape type: Grenache / Garnacha blend
  • Wine style: Full & fruity red.
  • 75 cl bottle
  • 13.5 % vol
  • 2013 vintage
Campo Bonito Organic Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc (Spain)
  • Why we've chosen this wine: The Spanish Campo Bonito Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc is a certified Organic wine, made from organically grown grapes. By selecting the highest quality and most commercially valuable grapes, they support the growers in the cooperative with higher prices. This has the added benefit that as other growers see the benefit of growing higher quality, yields fall, environmental inputs fall and more growers are attracted to become members of the cooperative – increasing the overall wealth of the organisation and helping to care for the environment. Around 50% of the vineyards are harvested by hand and the yields from the vines are much smaller than the equivalent non-organic vines leading to less environmental impact and a more harmonious existence with nature.
  • Tasting notes: As masters at aromatic, crisp and refreshing varieties, Campo Bonito know exactly which way to guide these grapes in the winery. There's a pretty nose of flowers and citrus fruits, plus a lovely intensity in the mouth that gives a sense of harmony and balance. And being organic, you'll find a much more open, easy expression of fruit.
  • Grape type: Sauvignon blend
  • Wine style: Fragrant but dry white
  • 75 cl bottle
  • 12 % vol
  • 2012 vintage
Sherwood Stratum Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
  • Why we've chosen this wine: The Sherwood Estate were one of the first wineries to sign up to sustainable agricultural practices in New Zealand. They are committed to showing continual improvement in environmental management practice and performance and in all their activities they seek to identify, monitor and improve the company's impact on the environment.
  • Tasting notes: The Sherwood Estate is internationally acclaimed for an excellent quality to value ratio. Owners Dayne and Jill Sherwood have tended their family vineyards since 1978, still hand-making distinctive, personal wines today. This Sauvignon shows abundant aromas of gooseberries and pepper. The palate is fresh, lively and shows a rich concentration and lingering finish.
  • Grape type: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wine style: Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc Style
  • 75 cl bottle
  • 12 % vol
  • 2014 vintage
D'Arcana Pinot Grigio (Italy)
  • Why we've chosen this wine: Italian wine producers D’Arcana have reduced the use of chemical treatments in the vineyard to a minimum. The most important practices are grassing under the vines and using leguminous crops as green manure, which preserve the nutrients in the soil and reduce the need for fertilisers, as well as implementing organic farming techniques to combat parasites and harmful insects. These also protect the environment and the health of both the plants and humans at the same time.
  • Tasting notes: D’Arcana’s Pinot Grigio is stylish and simple. There's crispness and freshness to the flavour profile, reminiscent of tinned pears - just delicious and leaves its drinkers hankering for more.
  • Grape type: Pinot Grigio
  • Wine style: Clean and crisp white
  • 75 cl bottle
  • 12 % vol
  • 2013 vintage
Finca Manzanos Seleccion de la Familia Rioja (Spain)
  • Why we've chosen this wine: Spanish vineyard Finca Manzanos uses organic fertiliser made from the stems of the grapes, manure and mushroom compost and they have a water treatment plant so all water used during the viticultural process is recycled. Cover crops such as wild grass is grown between the rows of vines to encourage biodiversity and encourage insects and wildlife and to maintain a healthy balance within the vineyard.
  • Tasting notes: Everything about the Finca Manzanos Rioja exudes sheer class. The fruit is hand harvested using the traditional 'corquetes', curved knives, and brought to the winery in harvesting baskets. The wine is plump, spicy and distinguished, with notes of raspberry, plum and blackberry, overlaid with hints of vanilla, cocoa and cinnamon-style spice. Youthful yet balanced, it is a classic in the making.
  • Grape type: Tempranillo (Rioja)
  • Wine style: Rioja Style
  • 75 cl bottle
  • 13.5 % vol
  • 2014 vintage
De Martino Choapa Valley Winescapes Syrah (Chile)
  • Why we've chosen this wine: The philosophy of the De Martino winery, is to offer the best quality possible wines, produced and delivered with the highest standards of sustainability. The winery uses several organic and sustainable winemaking methods. They fully converted to organic practices in 2001 and are currently the second largest producer of organic wines in Chile. De Martino has also worked hard to make their wine bottles as light as possible, and are the first carbon-neutral winery in Latin America.
  • Tasting notes: This De Martino Syrah has the poise and elegance which is typical of this grape grown in the Chilean Andes. The nose has some depth, with warm and abundant black fruit with some embers. There's more freshness to the fore-palate with a bright medium bodied flavour and hints of spice and raspberry.
  • Grape type: Shiraz / Syrah
  • Wine style: Full and Fruity Red
  • 75 cl bottle
  • 13.5 % vol
  • 2013 vintage