The Drinks Business Green Awards 2019 winners

Green Company of the Year – Pernod Ricard Winemakers

Robert Taddeo and Brett McKinnon of Pernod Ricard Winemakers

Our runner up last year, this year Pernod Ricard Winemakers scooped the top gong with their impressive entry, which demonstrated that its green initiatives are being implemented across all areas of the company, down to individual employees.

With wine brands spanning Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the US, including Jacob’s Creek and Campo Viejo, the wine giant demonstrated its green credentials in all four nations. Just last month the firm moved to 100% renewable electricity in Australia – the first wine company of its size in the country to do so. While in New Zealand Pernod helped to restore over 10 hectares of native wetlands in Marlborough, where over 10,000 plants now thrive.

Across the pond at Kenwood Vineyards in Sonoma, the winey has donated over $100,000 towards reforestation efforts after 2017’s devastating wildfires in California, and in Europe, Campo Viejo was the first winery in Spain to obtain the Wineries for Climate Protection certificate.

Another key initiative that impressed our judges was a company-wide banning of plastic straws and a move towards the use of lightweight glass in Australia and New Zealand, which has reduced Pernod’s carbon emissions associated with glass by 30%. Our judges felt the entry offered “the best of both worlds” – local thinking with a global reach.

Runner-up – Concha y Toro

Our runner up was an early adopter of green practices, and was the first winery in Chile to measure its carbon footprint in 2007, and water footprint in 2010. Seeking to “give back in each bottle,” Concha y Toro has reduced its direct carbon emissions by 20% since 2014, and emissions relating to packaging by 22% since 2011.

Our judges said it was “good to see these measurable changes” within such a big company. By shipping a large number of its wines in bulk to the UK and bottling them in the northeast of England, the Chilean wine giant has reduced its carbon emissions to the UK by over 50%. On the water front, by implementing drip irrigation at all of its vineyards, Concha y Toro has lowered its water footprint by 38% in the past three years.

The company is also on track for all of the energy used at its facilities to come from renewable sources by 2020, as well as becoming a zero waste firm next year. It also intends to reduce its direct carbon emissions by 40% and indirect emissions by 17% by 2030.


Concha y Toro

Emiliana Vineyards

Pernod Ricard Winemakers

Yealands Estate

Hallgarten Wines

Australian Vintage

Familia Torres Winery

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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