Following an initial successful shipment to Bordeaux last March, new wine labeled Anemos of Operation “Phénix”, Lun II, therefore leaves for the sea in a solid maritime framework, offshore and following updated trade routes in a carbon-free shipping logistics project.
The navigation of more than 3,000 nautical miles, planned between mid-June and early August, provides for the loading of more than 10 tons of Madeira and Douro Valley wines for Raymond Reynolds, who has been working with TOWT for 3 years, thus saving the atmosphere about 12 tonnes of C02.
What/who is involved (cargoes/growers) ?
A special bottling of Madeira from Vinhos Barbeito, made to emulate the original 18th century shipments to the Baltimoe, but in this instance to London by sail. A cuvée of a Mencia organic red wine from northern Portugal, specially crafted for this voyage by Rui Madeira, one of Portugals finest winemakers.
3) Why are you interested in sail as a logistical alternative (environmental/philosophical/marketing, etc) ?
Wind is an environmentally perfect resource. Enhancing this to re-enact an almost extinct way of trading cargo seems to make so much sense. It matches our ethos of sustainability and minimal environmental impact of our supply. Sail mariners are a committed and enthusiastic bunch, like the growers we work with. In this way we make our contribution to re-establishing this as a noble profession it once was.
The weather influences many things and mariners and growers alike have to use their intelligence and ingenuity to successfully deliver good harvests! All this makes us appreciate better the rhythms of nature its wonderful complexity which shapes and provides.