Pioneering Marlborough winery Yealands Estate has added a world sustainability award to its mantel, being named ‘Sustainable Medium Business’ at the International Green Awards – a first for a New Zealand vineyard.
The International Green Awards were created with the aim of identifying companies that have exhibited leadership and innovation in their sustainability approach.
Yealands Estate founder Peter Yealands says the global recognition marks a coming of age for the winery.
“Since launch, our goal has been to produce world-class wines and become a global leader in sustainable wine production. This award 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 judging panel 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.
Yealand says his company has the philosophy of constantly improving on its green credentials
“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.”
New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive, Philip Gregan, says the win recognises the countryas 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.”
Yealand’s privately owned winery received carboNZero certification in April 2009 and in doing so was the largest winery in New Zealand to achieve this status.