db Green Awards 2013 winners announced

Sustainability Award of the Year (Generic organisation):

Winner: California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

cswa logo r2_dir1Considering the difficulty of encouraging growers to sign up to certification schemes – especially those requiring self-assessment – the judges were wowed by the achievements of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.

In the organization’s 2012 report it was shown that 72% of California’s some 200,000 hectares of vineyard and 74% of its case production were now signed up to its sustainability code.

The judges were also impressed at the constant process of review and improvement by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, as well as the transparency of its reporting.

The techniques employed were also deemed innovative, with an online tool for growers and vintners to measure and track their sustainability performance over time. Also impressive are educational initiatives by the alliance, which has held over 230 workshops on sustainable practices attended by almost 11,000 growers and winemakers. Of the group’s more recent developments, the judges were impressed by an online video series based around case studies of energy efficiency and other sustainable practices, encouraging Californian operations to learn from their peers.

Runner-up: New Zealand Winegrowers

On a smaller scale than California but also highly impressive is the New Zealand Winegrowers sustainability policy, which has now incorporated 95% of the country’s producing area, and encompasses seven key areas, including biodiversity and water management.

Commendation: WOSA for Cape Wine 2012

The judges felt that Wines of South Africa deserved commending for its sustainable management of its biennual trade show Cape Wine, which was designed to have as little impact on the environment as possible and encourage carbon offsetting for delegates.

Shortlist:

Wines of South Africa

California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

New Zealand Winegrowers

Vinos de Chile

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