We know shopping for wine can be a whirlwind. There are so many brands, so many wineries and so many varieties out there. It can sometimes be hard to choose which wines to buy. Reasoning can come down to a lot of things: taste, preference, occasion, budget, just to name a few… or maybe you choose to purchase wine based on the practices of the winery that produces it.
1) You're making a conscious healthy choice
Think about your produce buying habits. Are you someone who prefers to buy organic fruits and vegetables? Antibiotic-free meat? Wild-caught seafood? Products from small business brands? Products from brands that are locally owned or owned by minorities? Cruelty-free makeup and skincare? A lot of our personal beliefs help us make decisions about the things we buy. You should pay just as much attention to the wine you drink as you pay to the food you consume and the household products you use.
2) You know where your grapes come from
Instead of purchasing wine from big name businesses that mass produce wine all over the world, think about supporting the smaller brands — the family-owned vineyards, the wineries that have been harvesting grapes and creating natural wines for centuries, the brands that work with one winery to produce consistent quality rather than working with multiple wineries and not always knowing where the grapes are coming from, and end up in a few big facilities that are producing for many well known brands to reduce the cost. This is the result of mass production. They look for quantity over quality, when it should really be the other way around.
3) You're supporting a community
When you support a vineyard, you are supporting its people and the cultivation practices they have developed that, in most cases, are meant to support the environment and nurture our Earth. You are also protecting your own health, because you are know where your wine is really being produced. You support a mass-produced brand name, you are more likely to be supporting a machine and its assembly line of equipment used to create, bottle and distribute wine without much regard for the ecosystem. For example, even though it may take more time to drive to a real butcher to get your meat, you will know where the cow or rind was really raised how it was treated. It is the same with wine. Don’t be fooled into thinking the brand name is the winery name. If you don’t see the name of the winery on the bottle, then you know that the wine was mass produced. Even you see the words, “bottled by” or see a bottle number, these things do not mean it was an actual winery doing the bottling.
You may have started buying and drinking SYLTBAR wines because of its superior taste and quality, low sugar and calorie content and the fact that there are no additives — but when you purchase and drink SYLTBAR, you are also supporting a family-owned-and-operated vineyard in Friuli, Italy that has been producing 100% natural wines for over a century, for five generations, with sustainable practices that follow the Italian Green Project standards. The Green Project is a set of actions, behaviors and procedures that have been put in place to contribute to the environmental sustainability of the business, respecting the existing territorial balance.
4) Your winemaker loves wine and the earth
Our producer is San Simone Winery, which was founded in 1915 on the principle of having a social responsibility to work with Mother Nature, use clean water practices and provide the terrain with the nutrients needed for both the soil to thrive and to produce healthy grapes that will not disrupt the ecosystem. Clean water used to treat the soil in the right way is essential. Nowadays, water contains a lot of copper, lead and other chemicals, which is harmful to our health. It took San Simone over 45 years to achieve the Green Project because the whole community has to pay for the clean water. Of course, not everybody was happy about this, but over the years, the community finally acknowledged that the grapes would have been damaged from the soil already if the water had not been clean. Having said that, you can have the best organic treated grape or other fruits, vegetables etc. but if the soil is not treated with pure, clean water, the outcome is almost the same, even if the grape was treated organically.
5) Consistent, Premium Quality
Since SYLTBAR works with one winery, it also means that we have quality control and consistency. We don’t take any shortcuts. We don’t reduce production costs by adding sugars and preservatives in order to produce large quantities to distribute all over the world. This is why you will not find SYLTBAR everywhere like the other big name brands, especially in big chain stores like Target, Costco, Publix etc. SYLTBAR will never be found in those kinds of stores. The restaurant world is very similar when it comes to saving money and having the best possible margin. With food, the opportunity to make money is small, but when it comes to wine, restaurants always mark up prices to make a profit, especially in the Prosecco category. We carefully select our customers to make sure that they too believe in the high quality standards that our winery is accustomed to.
When you purchase SYLTBAR, whether directly from our website or at your favorite wine store or retailer, you are supporting all of this. The San Simone Winery family, the vineyard, our business, and most importantly, the world.
This is what happens when you choose to support a vineyard instead of big-time brand names, even though they might be more popular, more prominently displayed on shelves, and more often found on menus. These brands have the money leverage to spend on marketing, but we invest in health, and the protection of animals and the environment.