Spirit of Sustainability

At the LCBO, sustainability is more than a buzzword. It’s a commitment that
 will benefit everything from the lives of our customers to the health of the planet. Read on to find out what we're doing both in stores and in the community, and shop some of our favourite sustainable picks.


Winemaking 101  

Puzzled over the differences between organic, natural and biodynamic on wine labels?


Biodynamic

Founded by Rudolf Steiner in Germany in the 19th century, the biodynamic method of farming goes a step beyond organic, not only forbidding chemical fertilizers and sprays but embracing sustainable growing that follows moon cycles and prioritizes soil health. France and Italy are among the Old World devotees; newer wine regions in New Zealand, Argentina, Chile and Canada are among others also embracing biodynamics.

Natural wines

There is no universal definition of “natural wine.” However, some use the term to describe a style that uses organic or biodynamic grapes, naturally airborne ambient yeasts or a low-intervention winemaking style that adds and subtracts as little as possible in the winery. That means that the wine’s acidity, flavour, texture, freshness and other qualities aren’t adjusted with chemical additives, as they can be in conventional winemaking.

Organic

No matter where in the world it was certified (the U.S. and the EU have separate certification systems, for example), organic wine comes from grapes grown without synthetic fertilizers or conventional pesticides. It is generally made in a winery that is also certified organic, and uses very minimal additives. Organic wine often comes from warm, dry regions that experience less pressure from vineyard diseases and pests.



Food & Drink

Our spring issue is filled with sustainable sips, recipes and inspirations, and invites you to learn more about our Spirit of Sustainability commitment.  

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Creating Impact

We've developed a new platform to engage our customers, partners and employees on our journey to making the world a better place. It’s called the Spirit of Sustainability.

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Better Practices

From creating pollinator gardens and reducing energy and water consumption to planting trees and donating leftover food, these local breweries and cideries have stepped up their sustainability game. Plus, some big name brewers are making some big eco-friendly changes.



Meet Our Good Partners

At the LCBO, we’re proud to work alongside our good partners to help create a more sustainable Ontario. From strengthening our communities, to protecting the land we all live on, our good partners are just as committed to Ontario as we are.

Rosewood Estates Winery

There’s a good reason for the buzz surrounding Rosewood Winery.

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Château des Charmes

At Château des Charmes, good winemaking practices lead to great wine.

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Steam Whistle

Steam Whistle’s iconic green bottle is much more than an aesthetic choice.

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Sleeman

How did Sleeman get a gold rating from the Recycling Council of Ontario?

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