MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2023. BY WINE INSTITUTE.
As Down to Earth Month begins, four of the state’s premier wineries were awarded California Green Medal Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards, joining 32 past winners from throughout the Golden State. These awardees are recognized for their advanced sustainability practices and innovation based on a comprehensive judging process focused on both sustainable viticulture and winemaking. Presented by several California wine organizations devoted to sustainability, including the Lodi Winegrape Commission, four green medals are awarded annually in the following categories: Leader, Environment, Community, and Business.
Each recipient receives an engraved Green Medal and is recognized for their contributions to California wines’ world-leading efforts on wine sustainability. A customized award ceremony also helps to share their achievement with staff, customers, media, and other stakeholders of their choice.
“It’s a pleasure to recognize the California wine community’s cutting-edge leaders in sustainability through the California Green Medal Awards,” said Allison Jordan, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance’s (CSWA) Executive Director. “Their stories illustrate the perfect synergy between growing exceptional winegrapes and crafting quality wines at different price points with an enduring commitment to resource conservation, environmental protection, and quality of life for their employees and community.” Winners of the 2023 California Green Medals are:
LEADER AWARD, given to the vineyard or winery that excels in the three “Es” of sustainability — Environmentally sound, socially Equitable, and Economically viable practices.
WINNER: Treasury Americas
With vineyards and wineries in California’s North and Central Coasts, and as one of the largest Napa Valley growers, Treasury Americas is a demonstrated leader in sustainability. The company set ambitious targets of 100% renewable electricity by 2024 and Net Zero by 2030. It collaborates with universities and industry experts to investigate new technologies, accelerating the transition to a low-carbon future and sharing these learnings with peers. Treasury partners with groups such as the Napa Resource Conservation District and North Coast Soil Health Hub on soil health, biochar, and compost studies and shares information using its demonstration site. Committed to the restoration of the Napa River, it removed vineyards to create valuable setbacks and replanted thousands of native trees to capture carbon, support salmon spawning and enhance bird habitat. Read more
ENVIRONMENT AWARD, given to the vineyard or winery that best demonstrates Environmental Stewardship through maximized environmental benefits from implementing sustainable practices.
WINNER: Tablas Creek Vineyard
Situated 12 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean near Paso Robles, Tablas Creek Vineyard demonstrates unparalleled stewardship to the environment through leading-edge practices and certifications. Tablas Creek is a trailblazer of many firsts in its region, such as helping Regenerative Organic Alliance craft standards and becoming the world’s first Regenerative Organic Certified winery. Tablas Creek shares its experience with the community by hosting seminars on topics such as organic and biodynamic viticulture, dry-farming, biochar, and using animals such as owls, hawks, and sheep in the vineyard to manage pests and weeds while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and restoring nutrients to the soil naturally. Read More
WINNER: Cakebread Cellars
Cakebread Cellars is a family-owned winery located in Napa Valley’s Rutherford AVA, committed to being stewards of the land and the community since 1973. In addition to its commitment to environmental leadership as a silver member of the IWCA (International Wineries for Climate Action), Cakebread Cellars cultivates a dynamic workplace culture with talented employees by focusing on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through ongoing DEI workshops and floating holidays that enable staff to select its preferred cultural and religious observations. It worked with DEI consultants to expand hiring practices, create a monthly calendar of DEI-inspired events and start a harvest internship program that provides scholarships for BIPOC harvest interns. Read More
WINNER: Niner Wine Estates
Niner Wine Estates, located on California’s Central Coast, is a family-owned winery specializing in 100% estate-grown wines. As a SIP Certified vineyard and winery, Niner Wine Estates is committed to continuously improving its sustainability. All buildings are LEED Silver Certified, saving energy and reducing cost. In the last five years, Niner Wine Estates has made major investments to reduce its environmental footprint. These investments include installing a solar system that produces 560,000-kilowatt hours annually and a second water collection system increasing rainwater capture for irrigation. Read More
ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA GREEN MEDAL SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING LEADERSHIP AWARDS
The California Green Medal recognizes the leadership of wineries and vineyards committed to sustainability and is presented by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Green, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers and Vineyard Team.
Applications were judged by a panel of wine and sustainability experts including: Allison Jordan, Executive Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance; Anna Brittain, Executive Director, Napa Green; Beth Vukmanic, Executive Director, Vineyard Team; Cyril Penn, Editor in Chief, Wine Business Monthly; Evan Goldstein, MS, President, Full Circle Wine Solutions and Master the World; Jennifer Richards, VP of Operations and Business Development, Sonoma County Winegrowers; Karen Block, PhD, Director of Industry Relations, UC Davis Viticulture and Enology; Natalie Wymer, VP of Communications and Member Relations; Wine Institute and Stephanie Bolton, PhD, Research and Education Director/Sustainable Winegrowing Director; Lodi Winegrape Commission.
- Exclusive Media Sponsor: Wine Business Monthly
- Platinum: Bay Cities Packaging & Design; Vinventions
- Gold: BIOFILTRO; CC Wine Caves; Clemens Technologies
- Silver: Farm Credit Alliance, LUMO, MCE, Scott Laboratories
- Bronze: ETS Laboratories, Protected Harvest
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