At Garçon Wines we take pleasure in delivering a message in a bottle. And it can be summed up in three words: elegance plus convenience.
A majestic homage to the classic bottle shapes familiar to wine lovers everywhere, our bottles are both stylish and sturdy. Their slender forms stand proudly and slightly taller than conventional glass bottles, adding a note of distinction to your dinner table and a topic for discussion.
But don’t be fooled by their delicate demeanour: Garçon bottles are durable and dependable. They’re designed to endure the jolting and jarring of the bumpiest delivery service and won’t break in the post. Our bottles always reach you in the finest condition.
And if that doesn’t uncork your bottled-up emotions, then the great wines that our bottles bring into your home certainly will. In fact, Garçon bottles are tasteful in every sense.
Designing a revolutionary new bottle is thirsty work. At Garçon Wines we’ve spared no effort to bring you a superior product. We set our hearts on developing a style fit for the 21st century that also invokes the millennial history of winemaking.
We’ve worked hard to ensure that the materials we use in our bottles are the most safe and sound available. And we’ve taken every care to ensure our customers drink to the health of our planet: Garçon bottles come from recycled plastic and are recyclable to safeguard our environment.
Our Bordeaux bottle bears a heavy weight of responsibility on its characteristic shoulders. That’s because the original Bordeaux bottle – designed soon after its Burgundian cousin – quickly became the most used wine bottle in the world. Given such a pedigree, the Garçon Wines version of this design classic simply exudes class.
Our Burgundy bottle pays tribute to a real pioneer. First blown by glassmakers in the 19th century, the Burgundy bottle with its curved sides soon became ubiquitous among producers of red and white wine. It conquered the world – and at Garçon Wines we intend to follow in its footsteps.
It’s a real mouthful, but polyethylene terephthalate is just another way of referring to the glass-like plastic that is used in many drinks bottles. Known as “PET”, this shatterproof material has been used to bottle wine for years.
100% safe for holding food and drinks, it’s tough enough to withstand the knocks that would easily crack a glass bottle. It’s crystal clear to resemble glass, but we can add colour as required. It has the advantage of being light, making it ideal for deliveries. At approximately one-ninth the weight of an equivalent glass container, this keeps down the cost of shipping for suppliers and postage for consumers.
A lighter bottle is much better for the environment because transporting it generates lower carbon dioxide emissions. Add to this the fact that it’s made from 100% recycled material and it’s 100% recyclable after you’re done with it, and you’ve got a bottle that’s genuinely gentle on our planet.
As standard, we employ recycled PET or rPET to ensure our bottles are as environmentally sustainable as possible. Our bottles are blown, in the UK, from plastic already in circulation, removing plastic from our environment and adding no new plastic to the world. Known as PCR (post-consumer recycled) PET, it retains all of the polyester’s strength, clarity and mechanical properties – but allows Garçon Wines to use plastics much more efficiently.
Big drinks brands like Coca-Cola have a 2020 goal of using 50% recycled PET with the virgin PET in their bottles in order to hit recycling targets, but we’re far more ambitious. We’ll raise the bar by using 100% recycled PET from the outset, creating what green champions call a “closed-loop” supply chain in which there’s zero waste.
We’ll also include a special “oxygen scavenger” featuring both active scavenging and passive barrier technology to give our bottles a much longer shelf life than other wine packaging solutions. When you drink wine from a Garçon bottle, you can do so confident that we’ve provided excellent protection for the great wine inside.
At Garçon Wines we take our responsibilities seriously. Some plastic bottles have made the headlines for all the wrong reasons as careless producers and consumers pay little heed to their duty to recycle. We’re very different: every single Garçon bottle comes from recycled plastic and is recyclable.
Just as the makers of glass bottles learned that resources are finite and glass can be reused – keeping down costs and saving valuable materials – so we aim to ensure that the material in our bottles is used over and over again. We take a sober view of waste. It makes sense to do so environmentally and commercially: businesses that don’t soon wither on the vine.
Employing material that was recycled and is recyclable isn’t the only way that we’re helping the environment. Garçon bottles offer a radical way to reduce the carbon footprint created by the transportation of wine. We’re driving beneficial change in the wine industry supply chain.
By supplying bottles that are far lighter than their glass equivalents, we allow wine producers, shipping and delivery companies, retailers and consumers to cut the amount of carbon dioxide they generate as wine moves from barrel to home – and to save money in the process.
Indeed, it’s been estimated that reducing the weight of the near 2 billion bottles of wine consumed in the UK alone each year by as much as is practically possible could save 90,000 tons of CO2. Moreover, these savings can be magnified by the shape of our bottles, which allow much more wine to be stored and shipped in the same space than before.