Sustainability of Mead / Honey Wine

There simply is not a more sustainable beverage on Earth than honey wine. No uprooted and fragmented landscapes to plant grape vines, no irrigation, no pesticides, no smoke belching tractors - quite the opposite! Honey production pollinates flowers - creating vibrant food crops so we can eat. Honey bees also help to establish lush forests that create the oxygen we breath and that store the water we drink - all while sustaining forest biodiversity (plant and tree varieties, animals big and small, insects, and microscopic organisms).

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The Honey Wine Company follows an integrated philosophy of buying local northern California honey from family beekeepers using the most sustainable means of production with beehives placed in organic fields. The spring water well is on the site of our winery so water transport has zero emissions.

Transporting empty bottles to our winery - our bottles come from Italy (750ml and 3L) and Mexico (375ml) since wine glassware in the USA is very limited - and the finished wine to you is unavoidable, so we purchase REDD+ forestry carbon credits from Wildlife Works Carbon to offset all emissions that we cannot avoid.

Offset Emissions with REDD

As Bee d'Vine grows and as we hear from you, we'll explore new ways of reducing our carbon footprint. For example, if you don't mind Bee d'Vine in a lightweight wine pouch, instead of glass, please let us know.

Please recycle or re-use your empty Bee d'Vine bottles - they came from far away. You can use them as vases for single stemmed flowers, olive oil servers (insert an oil spout), or drinking-water vessels. Naturally, we suggest that you keep at least one around as a conversation piece. As we say in San Francisco, "Make Love Not Waste!"


Bee d'Vine's origins are rooted in forest conservation and rural development, and you can read more about our inspiration from the Kafa forest in the Preface section and again in the "The Most Sustainable Libation" chapter of our award-winning book.

We've created the Bee D'vine Hives Fund to convert inefficient traditional beehives into modern ones that can produce seven to ten times more honey. Once we pay back our startup debts, we'll contribute a percentage of profits to the Beehive Converversion Fund. Learn more about the Kafa forest and the UNESCO recognized biosphere reserve below, and see our 90 second video showing Ethiopian beekeepers in Kafa hanging inefficient traditional hives.


Honey wine is the most sustainable beverage in the world because honey production does not use chemicals and large mechanized equipment. In fact, pollination from bees is a positive environmental footprint. Unfortunately, honey production has been declining and bees have been dying off in the U.S.A. and elsewhere. You can read more about the struggle of the bees in the "The Most Sustainable Libation" chapter of our acclaimed book. Here are the primary reasons why bee colonies are disappearing. 


  • Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD
  • Infestation from mites
  • Higher incidents of drought due to climate change
  • Less agricultural space
  • New generations leaving the beekeeping family business
  • Move to seedless crops

Every case of Bee d'Vine sold contributes to the support we give to the California-based Project Apis m (PAm) in its fight against this decline. Every case of wine sold enables us to contribute a portion of profits to PAm.


Please learn more about and support PAm.