French Winemaker Builds Hemp Cellar

One biodynamic winery is taking its mission for sustainable wines to the next level. According to Forbes, French winery Chateau Maris has built a 9,000 square foot cellar entirely out of hemp, lime and wood, which is “organic, all-natural, odorless, and acts as a carbon sink–able to absorb carbon dioxide for up to 25 years.” Owners Kevin Parker and Robert Eden built the structure to be energy efficient, which builds on their “dedication to environmental purity.” Though it remains to be seen the effect that the new cellar has on Maris’s wines, the team is hopeful considering their products, up until this point, have been made in a “hot garage.” The hemp-cellared bottles will be released in the spring of 2015. [Forbes]