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When wine goes green

Posted by Philip James, May 10, 2007.

Yalumba, Australia's oldest family owned winery, can add another record now. They were the first winery, globally, to receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ' Climate Protection Award '. A fantastic achievement, showing how forward thinking this venerable winery really is.

Given, the recent shift in consumer focus towards conservation, this also makes good business sense. Here's to hoping we see more of this sort of behavior in the near future from other leaders in the industry.

Yalumba Environmental Program highlights:

- Environmental Management System ISO14001 provides framework for governance.
- Vitis Program based on 'whole of farm,' eco-system management.
- Energy-efficient winery, with water-waste management program.
- Over 300 acres of land set-aside for conservation, wildlife sanctuary.
- Over 98% of packaging comes either from recyclable materials or is, itself, recyclable.
- 1st company nominated 'Leader in Greenhouse Management' by Australian Greenhouse Office, 2005.
- 1st Australian wine company to join the Australian Greenhouse Challenge and commit to annual targets in greenhouse gas emission reduction, 1999.
- Finalist (Ibis Award) for 'outstanding efforts' in wildlife conservation, 1998.

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Reply by andrew, May 14, 2007.

I'm glad to see this happening in the wine industry, I think it's a natural choice for demonstrating the ability to make premium quality products in a eco-friendly way, since consumers are more willing to pay a premium price for wine.There are some great examples of this 'whole farm' practices in book "the Omnivores Dilemma" in a chapter called "beyond-organic". A great trend that I hope continues in all areas of agriculture!


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