Explore how waste streams created from the wine making process could be better utilised to become intrinsic to the end product.

Every year, 50 million hectoliters of wine is produced in Italy and almost 2 million tonnes of solid waste as branches, stems, skins and vine have to be disposed of or, as is more commonly done, burnt on site. This produces a significant amount of CO2 but the waste could instead become a significant and valuable raw material for individual vineyards.

Both my parents are independent winemakers and, as such, some of my earliest memories are of harvesting and producing wine. By using my parents’ vineyards as a case of study, I have explored how every single waste stream created from the wine making process could be better utilised to become intrinsic to the end product.

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The waste grape skins and branches become a sturdy and poetic packaging for the wine, and white wine grapes become paper for the labels. Every detail becomes not only a practical and cyclical re-used material, but also a poetic connection to the environment, the skills and the local crafts of the region in which the wines have been crafted.

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About

With a background in material engineering, Ludovica Cantarelli works at the intersection of material science, design and traditional craft. Her practice is driven by her Italian roots and focuses on creating sustainable, progressive solutions through material innovation.

With Wine Matters, Cantarelli explores how waste streams created from the wine making process could be better utilised to become intrinsic to the end product, using her family vineyards as a case study.

Through a new craft process, the waste grape skins and branches become a sturdy and poetic packaging for the wine and white wine grapes become paper for the labels. Every detail becomes not only a practical and cyclical re-used material, but also a poetic connection to the environment, the skills and the local crafts of the region in which the wines have been crafted.