Portland winery is the first to use reusable wine bottles

Posted at 4:42 AM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 04:44:36-04

You may have heard of the reusable beer bottle trend. But what about a reusable wine bottle?

A winery in Portland, Oregon just became the first in the country to use them.

Coopers Hall Winery and Taproom knows a lot about being first.

When it opened back in 2014, it was the first keg-only winery in Oregon.

They say they've saved over 315,000 bottles from the recycling bin.

And now they're embarking on another first.

Its the first winery in the country to bottle its wine in reusable bottles.

If these bottles look familiar, they should. They are just beer bottles.

The bottles were initially produced for the state-wide refillable beer bottle program which started last year.

But the people behind Coopers Hall thought, why not use them for wine, since limiting waste has always been one of its priorities.

Each bottle can be washed and reused at least 25 times instead of being crushed and recycled like a typical glass bottle, which takes a huge amount of energy.

Assistant Winemaker Adam Rack says, "Every single bottle we use for each time one of these is reused its about a 90 percent reduction in CO2 emissions over a single use bottle. So its a large reduction."

Right now the winery only has the option of the brown glass bottle.

But it's hoping as more wineries, or beverage companies want reusable bottles, companies will start making clear ones as well.

"There's three servings in a bottle so technically you can drink it out of the bottle. We did a taste test. But you can also pour it into a glass, share it with your friends, bring it to a picnic," Rack says.

Their "refillable" bottles of wine are priced at $12 a piece.