Green Awards 2018: the winners revealed

Ethical Company of the Year

VSPT and the government have united to turn the Mapuche people of the Buchahueico Community into skilled viticulturists with a guaranteed return

Winner:
Viña San Pedro, VSPT Wine Group

From drinking responsibly to commiting to renewable energy VSPT Wine Group is something of a trailblazer when it comes to ethical winemaking. Having been named Green Company of the year in 2016 by the drinks business, VSPT has now committed to producing all of its wines using 100% renewable energy within the next three years.

In 2015 Viña San Pedro began an innovative model of collaborative work with an indigenous Mapuche community in the south of Chile, called Buchahueico. The initiative, which sees VSPT help the community to cultivate its own vineyards and sell the yields back to the group for a fair price, has so far seen 10 hectares of Pinot Noir planted in the Malleco Valley, Araucanía region. Members of the community have to migrate to the city in search of working opportunities in the past, but VSPT’s project has allowed many to stay in their homeland, as well as helping them to farm sustainably. The first commercial harvest took place this year, and VSPT plans to bring the resulting wine to market in March next year. In doing this, the winery group efforts has managed combine sustainable drinks production with breaking down barriers between Chileans and the country’s indigenous people.

Runner-up:
Spier Wine Farm

South Africa’s wine industry has struggled with severe challenges over the past few years, and not only has Stellenbosch-based Spier Hotel & Wine Farm thrived, it has done so with sustainability and altruism at its heart. In 2018, all Spier wines and offerings began displaying the Growing for Good icon – and subsequently launched a number of community-led initiatives as part of the Growing for Good campaign, which ranged from sourcing and training unemployed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in their first jobs, to teaching impoverished communities how to look after indigenous plants which can be exchanged for essentials such as food vouchers, bicycles, educational support.

Commendation:
Pernod Ricard Winemakers USA    

In a category crammed with excellent contenders, the judges wanted to award a commendation to Pernod Ricard Winemakers USA for its generous and decisive actions following the wildfires in California last year.

Shortlist:
Co-op
Elephant Gin
Montes
Pernod Ricard Winemakers USA
Spier Wine Farm
Viña San Pedro, VSPT Wine Group

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