Green Awards 2014: the winners revealed30th April, 2014 by Patrick Schmitt
California, New Zealand and Chile featured prominently in the 2014 Drinks Business Green Awards, which were announced yesterday in London at The Ivy.
For the second year running the Wine Institute of California was given the Amorim Sustainability Award for a generic organisation, while Bonterra winemaker Robert Blue was handed the Lifetime Achievement Award for his 25-year dedication to organic viticulture at one of the world’s most high profile organic producers.
Meanwhile New Zealand’s Yealands Family Wines was named International Green Company of the year, and Chile’s VSPT Wine Group was given the Ethical Company of the Year award.
The awards were presented at The Club at The Ivy in London yesterday where green-minded members of the drinks trade enjoyed organic wines from Torres and Yealands, organic Prosecco from Case Paolin, as well as sustainably-sourced Welsh water from Ty Nant.
Other winners at the event included Pietie le Roux from La Motte Wine Estate, who was named Green Personality of the Year, Jascots Wine Merchants, who took home the Green Retailer of the Year award, while the UK Green Company of the Year award was given to Kingsland.
Liberty Wines was handed a special commendation for its new carbon neutral status, while Jackson Family Wines was also given a commendation for its ethical approach to business, and Nomacorc was named as the Best Green Launch for its stopper made using plant-based polymers.
Finally, the Amorim Sustainability Award for Spirits was given to Irish Distillers and the same award for wine was handed to Les Vignerons de Buzet, a French co-operative with a strong environmental and ethical bent.
A full analysis of each of the winners green credentials, including comments from the judges, will appear in the June issue of the drinks business.
The list of winners are below.
Best Logistics and Supply Chain Green Initiative of the Year
Best Green Launch of the Year
Special commendation: Viña Palo Alto
Amorim Sustainability Award for Wine
Special commendation: Bonterra Organic Vineyards.
Winner: Les Vignerons de Buzet
Amorim Sustainability Award for spirits
Winner: Irish Distillers
Amorim Sustainability Award for Generics
Winner: The Wine Institute of California
Ethical Company of the Year
Special commendation: Jackson Family Wines
Winner: VSPT Wine Group
UK Green Company of the Year
Special commendation: Liberty Wines
International Green Company of the Year.
Runner-up: VSPT Wine Group
Winner: Yealands Family Wines
Green Retailer of the Year
Special commendation: Adnams
Winner: Jascots Wine Merchants
Green Personality of the Year
Runner-up: Anna Hooper from Cape Jaffa Wines
Winner: Pietie le Roux from La Motte Wine Estate
Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Blue, Bonterra Organic Vineyards