The actions taken over time and the steps that we take every day have the ambitious objectives that inspired the 17 UN principles. We feel responsible for ourselves and for future generations, and this is why each step we take has a relation with all of these 17 points. We’ve done a lot, but we do not believe that we have done everything.
Certified energy from renewable sources
Our determination to save energy and use renewable sources has driven our decision to only buy electricity from certified renewable sources.
The path taken, respecting recycling and organic farming principles, makes Bottega a truly green company.
Since 2015 Bottega has obtained the consent to use the GREENER logo, a trademark that belongs to SUM, a company owned by Unindustria Treviso, Confindustria Venezia and Consorzio Unindustria Multiutilities.
GREENER accompanies the products of companies that make environmental awareness one of their strengths. Using energy certified by this brand, or buying products made with renewable energy, is an important choice of responsibility towards the planet and future generations.
756 tonnes of CO2 saved
The first important investment has been the geothermal air-conditioning system which taps into a source of natural energy by exploiting the heat of the earth.
A hole was drilled on the company grounds to a depth of 90/100 meters until an aquifer was reached where there was a constant temperature of 14°. The water was brought to the surface by means of an injection well and transferred to a heat-pump unit which transforms all the thermal energy, bringing the heating liquid to 36° in winter and keeping it at 14° in summer, so that the environment benefits from natural climate control and a pleasant sensation of well-being.
The same water leaves the heating system and, via an ejection well, is returned to the earth so it is ready to be used again in this virtuous energy cycle.
In conjunction with other alternative sources for electricity generation, geothermal energy leads to yearly savings of 756 tons of CO2 per annum.
Recirculation of water
5 million liters of water saved
In 2014 a new water recirculation system was introduced into our distillery. The water used during the distillation process was air cooled by special fans and conveyed via a closed-loop system. This solution cuts back dramatically on water consumption for the whole process. Estimated savings stand at 5 million liters of water for each distillation year.
Industrial water purification
Management of a daily organic load equal to 290 Kg of COD
Being surrounded mainly by agricultural land, Bottega SpA took steps to protect the countryside and invested in two purification systems for waste-water and industrial-waste treatment. The first of the two is a plant-based sewage-treatment facility which allows for the disposal of waste water coming from bathrooms and kitchens. Filtered through a gravel substrate, the effluent provides sustenance to trees and shrubs planted in the surrounding land.
The second plant, aerobic and biological activated sludge, carries out the purification and discharge of industrial water (mostly dregs, organic waste, from distillation processes, production of liquors and sparkling wines and washing water from the plants). It has an average capacity of 60m3/g, up to a maximum peak of 72 m3/g, being able to manage a daily organic load equal to 290 Kg of COD.
This kind of plant creates an artificial environment which mimics the same biological mechanisms put in place by Nature and purifies water polluted by biodegradable organic substances. The difference is essentially linked to performance because transformation occurs much more rapidly and occupies much less space.
Organically cultivated vineyards
We avoid the dissipation 500 kg of synthetic chemicals
The vineyards around the company in Bibano, in addition to those in Follina and Vittorio Veneto, correspond to 14.5 hectares and are cultivated according to the criteria of organic farming. It has therefore been banned the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, herbicides, GMOs and derivatives. On Bottega soils are used only fertilizers of organic origin that providing nutrients, improve the fertility and structure of the soil, avoiding the absorption of 500 kg of synthetic chemicals every year.
50 tonnes of waste recycled each year
In 2018 the company joined the RafCycle program set up by UPM Raflatac (a global supplier of label materials) aimed at recycling label waste. Thanks to a cutting-edge technological process, siliconized paper used as a release liner for the labels is recovered and sent to the UPM paper mill in Platting (Germany) where it is turned into new cellulose which will become paper. This program means that each year about 50 tons of waste can be recycled, contributing to boosting the company’s environmental-sustainability standards and further enhancing the image of the products.
We do not use chemical-based products for our metallized bottles, this means the solvent for the varnish is water-based, instead of being oil or alcohol-based like more traditional varnishes.
50 percent recycled glass
Our commitment to recycling has also affected our choices in packaging for which we only use eco-materials. The dark bottles we use are made with at least 50% recycled glass. This is because glass can be recycled without any reduction in quality.
Bottega uses only FSC Mix certified cartons, this level indicates that the wood or paper of the certified product comes from: FSC certified material, recycled material and/or controlled wood. The latter is a separate category, although it is not FSC certified, controlled wood cannot be harvested illegally, in violation of traditional rights and indigenous peoples.
Even the design of our products makes them reusable objects.The Alexander blown-glass bottles are unique design objects and the Vapore grappa bottles can be used in the home as carafes to serve water or other beverages.
The Spirit of Peace Project
Peace is by a long way the most precious treasure mankind can have. A message of brotherhood aimed at all of us comes from Hiroshima,the capital of peace which was so hard hit by the devastation and evil effects of war. Bottega was struck by the vital nature of this message and in 2015 (on the 70th anniversary of this terrible nuclear tragedy) it decided to come out in support of the Japanese city’s tireless endeavors to promote peace and nuclear disarmament throughout the world. “Spirit of Peace” is an exhibition of bottles and objects in blown glass especially designed to convey a message of peace. A white dove was chosen to be the symbol and logo of the exhibition because it is an ideal representation of Hiroshima’s connection to the rest of the world, given Japan’s tradition to release dozens of doves into the air on August 6 of each year. It was put on display for the first time in 2017 in three prestigious Japanese institutions: The MOCA Museum, the Hiroshima Museum of Art and Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.
Hong Kong and Toronto
Each year Bottega provides various charity events with financial support and this especially applies to the Charity Balls of Hong Kong and Toronto to help respectively the children from the Po Leung Kuk Institute and the elderly of Italian extraction helped by the Villa Charity association.
Breast Health International
International no-profit foundation
The Company is highly aware of the importance of research into breast cancer. For some years, it donated 1 euro for each bottle of the Vino dei Poeti Rosé sold on the duty-free channel to the Breast-Health International association. This international no-profit foundation works with top experts from all over the world to find a cure for breast cancer. Thanks to the Fund-for-Living, BHI is able to offer all women suffering from breast cancer the tools they need to enjoy the best possible quality of life.
Wish for Japan
In 2011 Bottega lent its support to the charity initiative of the employees of the Shangri-La hotel chain to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan that same year. To commemorate the occasion, a completely white bottle of sparkling wine was created which bore the logo WISH for Japan as well as a red dot in reference to the Japanese flag.
Bere Bene (Drink Properly)
Various research projects led to the launch of an education campaign in the 90s which ran under the slogan “Drinking properly is good for you”. In 2007 Bottega started to distribute alcohol tests amongst its customer in order to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking too much.
In partnership with the Italian Union for the Blind, Bottega has produced its first brochures and labels in Braille – a trailblazing step in the wine and alcohol sector.
Millennium for Peace
Set up in conjunction with the International Center for Peace amongst People at Assisi, this project used the sale of bottles of grappa to help finance the sponsorship of African children.
Aid for Asia
John and Melody Di Gregorio, a Western couple living in Singapore, regularly organize fund-raising initiatives. Bottega gives them a helping hand with financial support, buying up clothing stocks for distribution to the needy in the most impoverished Asian nations, such as the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar.
Restoration of the church of San Cristoforo
Bottega bore the costs of the restoration of the church of San Cristoforo which stands next to the premises in Bibano di Godega. When the work came to an end, a thanksgiving mass was held in summer 2018.