Yealands wins three international Awards

2 September 2014

We’re raising a glass to Yealands, three times! In as many months, Yealands has been awarded three international accolades for its sustainable winemaking practices.

Already recognised for its sustainable winemaking practices in New Zealand, Yealands Family Wines has won three international awards. They are:

  • Gold Medal Winner ‘Most Socially or Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year’ category at the International Best in Biz Awards 2014.
  • Green Company of the Year, by leading UK drinks publisher ‘Drinks Business’.
  • Environmental Best Practice trophy, Green Apple Awards 2014.

Yealands competed against more than 500 global nominations in the Green Apple Awards. It will receive its trophy in the Houses of Parliament, London on 10 November 2014.

Now in their 20th year, the Green Apple Awards have become established as the UK’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. 

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The Best in Biz Awards is the only independent business awards programme in the world that is judged by members of the press and industry analysts. More than 200 public and private companies representing all sectors of the economy from more than 30 countries competed in Best in Biz Awards’ second annual International programme.

Founder Peter Yealands is pleased to add these international awards to the trophy cabinet.

“We continually strive to improve our sustainable practices. For us, sustainability is about using resources in a smarter way, which guarantees both future supply and our profitability. Our commitment to being sustainable needs to be tangible, and for us it is essential to producing world-class wines,” he says.

Yealands Estate Vineyards is fully accredited through the Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand programme. The winery is carboNZero certified and ISO14001 environmental management systems accredited.

Sustainability initiatives at Yealands include a collaborative composting initiative, where more than 50 000kg of compost made from winery byproducts, including shells from Marlborough’s mussel farming industry, is spread around the vineyards. Miniature lawn mowers in the form of baby doll sheep roam between the rows, providing a convenient source of fertiliser.

The vineyards also feature 25 man-made wetlands with more than 200,000 native shrubs and flaxes. Power and water heating at the winery is supplemented by wind turbines, solar panels and grape vine prunings, which are baled and burned, with the ash then spread on the vineyard. The remainder of the prunings is then mulched back into the vineyard.

Yealands was winner of two Awards at the NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards in 2013, winning the Renewables Impact and Energy Management categories.