Gone with the wind – wine by sail

CGI NEOLINER transatlantic-windpowered ship

With the wine industry searching for ways to reduce the climate impact of its global transportation network, Louise Hurren looks at how wind is being used to help decarbonise wine.

I stood shivering and crestfallen on a blustery, grey morning in Londons St Katharine Docks. It was 2008 and I was working for a French wine brand associated with the Compagnie de Transport Maritime à la Voile (CTMV) and their Fair Wind Wine venture.

Languedoc wines were being shipped from France to the UK on a 108-year-old, triple-masted wooden sailing schooner. Journalists were waiting to taste the wines...