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Josef Chromy Wines, Tasmania, Australia

Josef Chromy Wines operates by the doctrine of minimal impact viticulture. Some of the Vineyard/Winery practices include:

  • Practices to minimize soil compaction
  • Buffer Zones that encourage natural predators
  • Maintains a grass “sword” between rows to stop soil erosion
  • The cleanest, most efficient, state of the art winery in the state.
  • A state of the art water purification plant that recycles ALL water to a quality to put back into the vineyard.
  • Grape Marc is processed into cattle feed

Josef Chromy Wines is also the first Tasmanian Winery to employ the new Lean + Green™ wine bottles:

Josef Chromy Introduces New O-i Light Weight Bottles to Tasmania

With the increasing reputation and sales of the Josef Chromy Pepik range of wines and in conjunction with Plasdene Glass-Pak, Jeremy Dineen, Chief Winemaker at Josef Chromy Wines is pleased to announce a Tasmanian first with the 2010 Pepik range of wines bottled in the environmentally friendly Lean+Green® wine bottles.

Australia’s wine industry has received a significant boost with glass container maker O-I’s launch of the substantially lighter weight and more environmentally friendly Lean+Green® range of wine bottles. With weight reductions of between 18% and 28% and retention of the bottle’s premium appearance, this represents one of the largest breakthroughs in wine bottle making in Australia.

The tyranny of distance via the absence of a local manufacturer has long disadvantaged Tasmanian wine producers, along with the added expense of shipping empty containers into the state. For Josef Chromy Wines Lean+Green® wine bottles not only deliver domestic cost savings but increases international competitiveness as export markets become more insistent of producers Environmental and Sustainability credentials.

The new Lean+Green® range of wine bottles has been highly acclaimed in Australia, winning five national awards for both sustainability and design criteria.

Benefits for Tasmania:

840 more bottles packed into a 20ft shipping container; offering a loading increase of 6.25%. (This is particularly advantageous to the Tasmanian wine industry reliant on the manufacture and supply of glass bottles from the mainland); A 20% reduction in energy use to produce the same number of bottles;

An average 12% drop in water usage per container; Brand integrity maintained as the new technology upholds current bottle designs; and A weight reduction per case of wine of 1.5kg or 24000kg for the 2010 production.

O-I Production Benefits:

The substantially lighter weight and more environmentally friendly bottles will save at least 20,000 tonnes of glass packaging a year; Overall water savings of 4720kL or the equivalent of 6.3 Olympic swimming pools a year; A carbon dioxide saving of more than 11,130 tonnes of CO2 per annum – or the equivalent of 4120 less 4- cylinder cars on Australian roads each year*.