WINE ON TAP

THE EVOLUTION OF WINE BY THE GLASS

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HOW IT WORKS

Overview

Our kegs are highly sustainable. They are designed to be airtight so that the contents cannot become stale or oxidised and because there’s no cork, our wines can never be corked. This reduces waste because the last glass is always as good as the first. Once tapped each keg will stay in perfect condition for a minimum of two months. And once they’re empty, they can be recycled.

Installation

Our installations are as cutting edge as our wines and cocktails. We custom build to fit your space and aesthetic, making it as much or as little of a feature as you want. Whether it’s a statement wall of taps or discreetly hidden beneath a bar, space is never an issue. The footprint of a keg is less than half that of the bottled equivalent so if you have space for boxes of wine, you have space for taps.

Maintenance

We do everything, from free installation and full staff training to regular maintenance. All you have to do is order and pour. We can provide branded carafes, wine lists, “I drink wine on tap” pin badges. Whatever you need, we’re on it.

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WHY TAP?

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Reliable

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.

Cost Effective

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.

Green

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.

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OUR WINES

How We Find Them

Our wines are sourced directly from winemakers and kegged specifically for us at their own wineries. We don’t go to some weird keg factory and pick them off a conveyor belt. WineLab started knocking on the doors of some of our favourite winemakers in 2013 and they’ve been kegging for us since. The end cost works out approximately 20% less than in bottle, which they pass onto us, and we pass onto you. Everyone’s a winner.  

What Types of Wines

We like small production, a sustainable ethos when it comes to vineyard management and winemaking, and lower levels of sulphur. A lot of our wines are organic, and all of them are vegan friendly. Wines that are meant to be aged for a long time will never be on tap, that’s what bottles are for. These are wines that are supposed to be drunk within a year or two of being made. Thirst quenching, smashable, delicious.  

Who We Work With

We work with winemakers in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Austria, California, New Zealand, South Africa, and Argentina, and we’re always looking for interesting new wines to add to our list. We often source specifically for restaurants, and in the past year have added Vermouth, Orange Wine and Californian Pinot Noir at the request of our customers. Interested in something specific? Let us know and we’ll do our best to get it into the country, and on tap.  

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ENVIRONMENT

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About

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.

On Tap

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.

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