Countries that performed particularly well included the US, with Napa Valley Vintners picking up an ethical award for its fundraising efforts for the disadvantaged in this wine region, particularly victims of natural disasters as well as underprivileged children, who all receive health insurance thanks to the organisation.
But it wasn’t just Napa that did well for the US, with California’s Fetzer Vineyards picking up both the Water Management Award and The Amorim Sustainability Award for Wine.
Chile was another strong performer this year, with the country’s Palo Alto brand picking up an award for Best Green Launch with its ‘Enjoy Wine, Go Solar’ project, while Vinos de Chile picked up The Amorim Sustainability Award for a Generic Organisation.
Elsewhere, New Zealand once again showed strongly, with Pernod Ricard Winemakers New Zealand earning The Amorim Biodiversity Award and Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) gaining the award for Best Green Initiative.
Australia also featured, with John Angove named this year’s recipient of the Green Lifetime Achievement Award, while Champagne’s Michel Drappier was honoured with the title of Green Personality 2017.
As for South Africa, this country too was celebrated, with Villiera Wines winning the coveted Green Company of the Year award.
Speaking at the awards presentation last night, Patrick Schmitt, editor-in-chief at the drinks business, stressed that all areas of a business must be environmentally sensitive to win big in the Green Awards, mentioning the importance of not just carbon emissions, but also water use, waste treatment, as well as a company’s impact on its surroundings, pointing out that it was important that any business benefitted the local community socially and environmentally.
The winners of awards were announced at an event on Monday 20 November between 15h00 and 17h30 The Ivy Club in London.
db would like to thank Amorim for its continued support of The Green Awards, as well as the suppliers of drinks for the awards ceremony, who were:
Ty Nant for the water (UK, Wales)
Champagne Lanson for the ‘Green Label’ organic Champagne (France)
Angove for the organic Chardonnay and Shiraz (Australia)
Over the following pages is a list of the winners from the db Green Awards 2017, while a full report on each company celebrated at this year’s awards will feature in the January issue of the drinks business, along with pictures of the recipients.
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