The Drinks Business Green Awards 2019 winners

Amorim Biodiversity Award – Spier Wines

A hot topic for this year, the judge’s praised our winner’s “strong entry” and the fact that the company “went above and beyond” in its plight to increase biodiversity at the South African estate, which dates back to 1692. Considering its ecosystems its “honoured first residents”, Spier is dedicated to conserving and enhancing sites on its farm that are rich in fynbos vegetation through replanting programmes.

Going a step further, Spier has a permanent team of 30 employees dedicated to the propagation and replanting of indigenous, endemic and endangered plant species. Its nursey has planted over 53,200 different trees, shrubs and fynbos on the farm since 2012, encouraging members of the local community to take part in tree growing in exchange for food vouchers and education fees, as part of its “Tree-preneurs” project.

It has also planted wide ‘nature corridors’ surrounding the vineyards to act as wind breaks. One of its greatest focuses recently is the clearing, cleaning and replanting of the Eerste River to attract animal and bird life back to the area.

Commendation – Concha y Toro

Concha y Toro was commended for championing biodiversity as one of the key pillars of its sustainability strategy. Its Native Forest Conservation Programme seeks to protect 3,272 hectares of native forest surrounding its vineyards in Chile’s Central Valley, conserve the biodiversity within its ecosystems, and protect its endangered species.

Commendation – Warners Distillery

Also receiving a commendation was gin maker Warners for its ‘Operation honeybee’ initiative that aims to alleviate some of the pressures facing bee populations by encouraging fans of its gin to plant the wildflower seeds that come with bottles of its Honeybee gin – the equivalent of nine acres of wildflowers sown across the UK (if everyone plants their seeds).

Foraging locally for its botanicals, Warners has increased the number of honeybee colonies on its farm to 23, each of which has a bee population of 50,000 during the height of the summer. Its next biodiversity-led focus is managing existing wildflower habitats, and hedgerow conservation alongside the People’s Trust for Endangered Species.

One Response to “The Drinks Business Green Awards 2019 winners”

  1. Soledad says:

    HII! Iwould like to know , how to apply for the green awards since we are the top organic producer in Argentina.
    We are Santa Julia Winery.

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