Sustainability-focused Portuguese wine importer Xisto Wines has announced that it is now sailing its wines directly into London’s ports
Since 2014, the business has imported exclusively through the ports of Bristol. By adding London to its supply chain, Xisto’s founders hope to bring both sustainable products and delivery methods to the city’s on-trade.
‘All our imported wine is transported [in] sailing ships from Porto to Bristol and now London, delivering near zero-carbon cargo,’ commented Anton Mann, who owns Xisto along with Lela McTernan. ‘Our quest has been to offer an alternative, a continually improving low-impact supply chain.’
According to the company, this low-impact mission begins with the winemakers themselves, as Xisto seeks out the wines of minimal-intervention producers. It continues through the transportation process: wines are delivered from Porto to Bristol and London on engineless ships ‘as much as possible’ to reduce the use of fossil fuels, and then distributed to buyers using electric vehicles or cycle couriers.
The business is also working on reducing waste and the use of plastic. It has stopped using shrink wrap on its pallets, opting for reusable wrap instead, and refills, reuses or recycles its bottles. ‘There’s still a lot to do but we’re certainly making headway,’ said McTernan.