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Climate change winery action group sees membership hit 40

International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) has reached the milestone of 40 wine-producing member companies spread across five continents and 10 countries worldwide.

This year, having welcomed Opus One Winery (California), St. Michelle Wine Estates (Washington) and Tikveš Winery (IWCA’s first winery from North Macedonia), the total number of global winery members of IWCA has hit 40.

All are described as “champions for emissions reduction in their wine producing regions”.

Speaking about their joining IWCA, Angela Vavricka, production manager for Opus One Winery, said, “Opus One is eager to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while encouraging and inspiring others in the wine industry to do the same through our membership with IWCA.”

Madeline Mathews, sustainability manager at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, added, “Sustainability in its best form is data-based, replicable, and open sourced. IWCA and its commitment to climate action account for all this and allow for wineries to collaborate in a way that can create real sustainable change. At Ste. Michelle, we are committed to this mission and building a path forward for the wine industry that supports our planet’s environmental and social systems.”

The owner and president of Tikveš Winery, Svetozar Janevski said, “My passion is to bring out the best of the Macedonian terroir to the world, by minding the colours, the taste, and the rich heritage of Macedonia. It is my commitment to future generations; to reduce emissions and to produce sustainable wines.”

Following the launch of the IWCA certificate program last year, reaching the impressive number of 40 wine company members worldwide positions IWCA “as the principle international climate action platform for the wine sector”, according to the organization.

IWCA member wineries regularly conduct comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) inventories, allowing them to identify emissions “hotspots” and take targeted action to reduce their carbon footprint.

Wineries also join a collective movement, learning and sharing best practices with the world’s most forward-looking wineries and speaking up together about the urgency of climate change in the wine sector.

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