Tangled Tree wines are produced through sustainable farming on the Van Loveren farms, in one of the most bio diverse regions in the world. It is a privilege and a responsibility that we don’t take lightly and a blessing that puts a rich palette of flavours at the disposal of our winemakers.
- More than 50% of the Van Loveren farms that produce the grapes for Tangled Tree wines are not cultivated, and a significant portion of that is under conservation management.
- Tangled Tree makes space for nature and ecological processes and actively works to restore precious natural habitats by removing invasive alien plants.
- We also emulate the best practices in sustainable viticulture in our vineyards. If this means sometimes sacrificing some grapes to baboons or birds, we do so with our eyes on the bigger picture.
- By systematically reducing pesticide use, we’ve witnessed a marked increase in birdlife in the vineyards.
- Ground life under the vineyard canopy has become much more vibrant over time, an additional benefit of the ground cover we sow to improve the carbon content of the soil.
- Water is a precious resource in Southern Africa and at the core of our environmentally responsible farming methods is a state-of-the-art water management system. Moisture levels in the soil are measured electronically and the information used to ensure the vineyards are never over-watered.
- Accurate watering has many benefits, including saving water and electricity, preserving nutrients in the soil that might otherwise have washed out, so less fertilizer is needed, and avoiding fungal and root diseases.
- Tangled Tree wines are Van Loveren Family Vineyards’ tribute to our close relationship with nature. In keeping with this philosophy we chose packaging that is as environmentally friendly as possible.
- Much time and dedication went into creating the packaging for the Tangled Tree range. We wanted to stay true to our word and create not only something that is beautiful to look at and hold, but that truly embodies the intention behind it.
- The wine is bottled in PET and this minimizes the environmental impact in a number of ways:
- PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is an unbreakable thermal polymer that is also up to 80% lighter than glass. This makes wine in PET bottles ideal for consumption in the outdoors, allowing wine lovers to carry the bottles along easily and safely on hikes or for picnics.
- It is completely recyclable.
- The manufacturing process of these bottles has a significantly lighter carbon footprint (up to 75% less) than glass bottles.
- The cartons used to transport the wine are also completely recyclable.
- The Tangled Tree wine range is packaged in recyclable packaging. Recycling is one of the most effective ways to lighten the human impact on the environment. It minimizes the environmental impact of manufacturing and resource use in a variety of ways.
- The recycling of packaging materials like aluminium, plastic and glass uses much less energy than manufacturing new items. Recycling one plastic bottle can save enough energy to run a 60-watt light bulb for three hours. Producing plastic containers from recycled material uses only two thirds of the energy required to manufacture them from raw materials.
- The energy is saved not only in the manufacturing process, but also in the mining or growing of raw materials and transporting the materials to factories.
- The reuse and recycling of manufactured objects conserves not only energy, but also the commodities used as raw materials. This means less mining and less harvesting of living resources.
- Recycling reduces the rate at which landfills grow. This frees up land – often prime real estate close to urban centres – for housing, industry or agriculture.