“Everyone has a role to play in protecting our oceans.”
This is the message from Sea Change, the socially conscious, family run wine business who believe that we all have a responsibility to our oceans, and it is “time to change” the environmental impact of wines.
Speaking with director, Simon Rolfe, it is clear that at the very heart of this company is a social and moral responsibility to help our planet whilst at the same time growing a business with quality, yet affordable wines, and Sea Change is leading from the front in showing just how this can be achieved, so much so, that its initiatives have been commended by Sir David Attenborough.
Not only does Sea Change ensure that its packaging and environmental impact is as minimal as possible, but every bottle of wine sold helps to fund conservation projects around the world.
“We all have a part to play and we all need to make changes.”
Anyone looking at one of the beautifully, hand designed wine labels cannot fail to be impacted by the reminder of the devastating effect that the levels of plastic in our oceans are having on the species that inhabit them. Sea Change supports charities all over the world and works with various partners with the same vision as them.
In terms of its own business, all you have to do is compare a bottle of Sea Change wine with another bottle to see the differences which have been made to its packaging in order to ensure that its own environmental impact is as minimal as possible;
By using lightweight bottles, Sea Change has been able to reduce the amount of raw materials required to make it, which has the ongoing consequence of reducing the amount of fuel required to transport the wine around the world.
No plastic wrapper…..
Sea Change does not use a plastic wrapper around the cork, minimising unnecessary waste and believing that nothing more than the closure is required to protect the wine.
Environmentally friendly closures…..
Environmentally friendly closures are used which are either made from natural cork or are carbon neutral and are fully recyclable.
The labels are made from paper sourced from certified sustainable forests and made partially from grape waste.
But don’t think that to be environmentally friendly that you have to compromise on the quality of the liquid in the bottle. Without a doubt these superb, multi award winning wines, represent excellent value and we are lucky enough to have three of them in store.
Sea Change Prosecco Easy drinking, crisp, delicate and light in body this Prosecco gives aromas of peach and pear, is refreshing on the palate and has a delicious lingering finish. Enjoy chilled as an aperitif or pair with seafood or dessert. Every bottle of Sea Change Prosecco bought helps to fund vital research through Sea Change’s charity partner (Plastic Oceans UK), which made the film ‘A Plastic Ocean’, named by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the most important films of our time”. Operating on a global level this charity seeks to continue to promote the importance of our oceans and lobby for change on an international scale. Sea Change believe that this is –
“a great way to enjoy a fantastic sparkling wine whilst also contributing to a great cause” and we could not agree more.
Negroamaro Hailing from Puglia, Italy, this wine immediately gives a delicious, distinctive Italian smell with red cherries, blackberries, vanilla and woodsmoke. It is medium bodied with soft tannins and a soft mouthfeel. Being a delicious Italian red, this is a very versatile food wine which can be enjoyed equally well with meats, pasta dishes or pizza. Sea Change says
“this award winning wine offers the perfect balance between a fruit led Merlot and an intense flavoursome Malbec. Give it a go – you won’t be disappointed”
In terms of the environmental benefits of drinking this wine, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity have reported that 56% of all whale and dolphin species have been recorded eating plastic that they have mistaken for food. Purchasing a bottle of Sea Change Negroamaro helps to fund research designed to protect marine animals like the Bottlenose dolphin.
Chardonnay This beautiful, contemporary Chardonnay from Puglia is bursting with flavour and appealing to all. Well-rounded and easy drinking, this wine gives, lemon, lime, citrus zest and peach to enjoy. The wine is structured with a mouth-watering crispness and a soft, delicious finish. Perfect on its own or with a light starter, but this wine will really shine alongside a creamy seafood dish. Sea Change explains that
“Every bottle of Sea Change Chardonnay sold helps fund vital ocean conservation in Europe and around the globe. By buying this wine you are directly supporting beach cleans in Europe which help to protect fragile eco systems and minimise plastic pollution.”
As for the future, Sea Change are expanding its range and we look forward to being able to introduce you to these in our shop. It is also continuing to develop its business model by licensing products in other countries, thereby reducing their transportation footprint even more. With young families, the leaders of this Company want to sustain our environment for future generations, and we can only hope that they continue to inspire producers and consumers alike.
“The greatest threat to our oceans is the belief that someone else will save them”