Environmental practices in the wine industry: an overview of the Italian market

Romeo Bandinelli, Diletta Acuti, Virginia Fani, Bianca Bindi, Gaetano Aiello

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    Abstract

    Purpose – The present research expands the debate on environmental sustainability in the wine industry. Since the literature on sustainability and wine is relatively recent, current results do not cover all the practices that can be implemented along the wine supply chain. Thus, the paper presents a classification of environmental practices specific for the wine industry, according to the increased attention that has been paid to this topic in recent years. Moreover, it investigates the adoption level of these practices with reference to Italian wine producers.

    Design/methodology/approach – The research presents a systematic literature review including papers published in academic journals during the last 30 years and in Italian specialised magazines. This methodology is useful to provide a clear overview of sustainable practices that can be adopted along the wine supply chain. Therefore, an empirical study based on the results of an online survey shows how wineries approach environmental sustainability.

    Findings – The literature review provides a definition and classification of environmental practices in the wine industry, as well as identification of those that require further attention in the literature, suggesting future research paths. The results of the online survey give an overview of the adoption level of environmental practices and highlight widespread attention to all the listed environmental practices, including those not adopted.

    Originality/value – From a theoretical point of view, this paper fills a literature gap in terms of the definition and classification of environmental practices that cover all wine supply chain processes, also providing a useful instrument for wine companies’ managers. Moreover, the results of the empirical research give an overview of the adoption level of environmental practices in one of the most relevant countries in terms of wine production, and highlight widespread attention to all the listed environmental practices, including those not adopted.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBritish Food Journal
    Early online date11 Mar 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusEarly online - 11 Mar 2020

    Keywords

    • wine
    • environment
    • sustainability
    • empirical study

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