WINE ON TAP
THE EVOLUTION OF WINE BY THE GLASS
HOW IT WORKS
Because it’s on tap, the alcohol won’t oxidise and will always stay at the right temperature. This means that the first glass is just as good as the last.
The cost of the same wines or cocktail ingredients are more than 20% more expensive by the bottle. This doesn’t even factor in the cost of an experienced sommelier or mixologist.
Sustainability is now a core factor in consumer decisions. The kegs create 94% less packaging than glass bottles and because twice as many can fit on a palette, this means that there’s half as many trucks on the road, drastically reducing your carbon footprint.
How We Find Them
What Types of Wines
Who We Work With
WineLab isn’t just the other kind of drinks company, we’re the kinder one too! Everything we do is with environmental sustainability in mind, striving to be part of the solution rather than the problem. We all have one bottle that we’re aging for a special occasion but let’s face it, the vast majority of wine is drunk within a year of bottling so we simply can’t justify the level of waste that the industry generates. The mind boggles just thinking about the amount of bottles, corks, labels, capsules and closures lost to landfill. Figures produced by the European glass federation show that Ireland's rate of glass recycling has fallen from 42% during the 1990s, to 37% last year. Although Ireland is recycling more glass annually, even greater quantities of glass are being consumed and therefore being subsequently dumped. Team that with the fact that glass isn’t even recycled in Ireland and needs to be shipped abroad, and we knew we had to do something to bring about change. We tasked ourselves with finding a more sustainable way to transport and supply wine and the solution became rapidly clear - kegs! A 20 litre keg of wine is the equivalent of 26.6 bottles and wine, and reduces packaging waste by 94% so to put that into context, in 2019 alone, we took over 375 tonnes of glass out of the recycling chain.
While we may have pivoted into selling direct to consumers because of the pandemic, the essence of WineLab is our on tap systems. Not only is this the most sustainable choice for any hospitality business, it’s also the most reliable and cost effective, reducing waste and staff costs in one fell swoop. We use circular recycling, which sees our used kegs collected, crushed and sent back to the manufacturer to be turned into new ones, bringing our on tap systems even closer to zero waste and making you an eco-warrior.