Yealands Estate has been awarded “Most Sustainable Medium Business” at the International Green Awards 2012. The Marlborough winery is the only New Zealand organisation, and only winery globally, recognised by the leading sustainability awards.
The winners were announced last night at the International Green Awards ceremony and dinner at Battersea Power Station, London. Yealands Estate Pinot Gris and Yealands Estate Pinot Noir were served throughout the evening, which was hosted by actor and impressionist Alastair McGowan, an ambassador to WWF-UK.
The International Green Awards were created with the aim of identifying companies that have exhibited leadership and innovation in their sustainability approach. Details can be found at www.greenawards.com. Below Yealands' UK Business Manager Giles James accepts the award on behalf of the winery.
Founder of Yealands Estate, Peter Yealands, says this global recognition marks a coming of age for the winery.
“We set out with a vision of best practice from the vine to the bottle. Since launch, our goal has been to produce world-class wines and become a global leader in sustainable wine production. This award, in addition to recently winning the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world at the International Wine Challenge, demonstrates that we’re well on the way to achieving that dream.”
The Most Sustainable Medium Business category is open to medium enterprises around the world, with total revenues between $10 million and $100 million. The judges commented that their aim was to reward an organisation that is innovating, challenging traditional wisdom and can show impressive first-hand results that can be replicated with other businesses. All entries were judged anonymously, to avoid any prejudice.
“Yealands Estate continually strives to improve our sustainable practices. For us sustainability is about using resources in a smarter way, which guarantees future supply and our profitability. We’re conscious that our commitment needs to be tangible; being green is an integral part of who we are, and for us it is essential to producing world-class wines.” comments Peter Yealands.
New Zealand Winegrowers Chief Executive, Philip Gregan, says the win recognises New Zealand as a global leader in sustainable wine production.
“The New Zealand Wine industry is committed to sustainable wine production and it’s a great endorsement that one of our producers has been recognised on the international stage.”
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