The latest alternative to the glass bottle is paper. Paper has two of the advantages of plastic and aluminum: it doesn’t shatter like glass, and it’s very light–the weight of a paper bottle of wine is essentially the weight of the contents.
With the quality of output from women in all areas of the wine industry—sommeliers, importers, vineyard managers, and winemakers among them—now is a fantastic time to taste and talk with the women staking their claim in a historically inhospitable environment.
Winemakers agree that treating their land with the best possible care produces better wine. The caveat comes, however, when the cost to certify organic or, in some cases, even the expense of hiring additional labour for hand-harvesting, becomes too cumbersome to turn a profit.