This Year’s Certified Sustainable Wineries are Announced

This Year's Certified Sustainable Wineries are Announced

Wine industry organization WineGB has announced the first 12 wineries to be certified under its new Sustainable Wines of Great Britain (SWGB) standard. 
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A New Standard
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The SWGB standard mandates an annual self-evaluation. These self-evaluations are then checked and verified every three years by an independent auditor and environmental consultancy Ricardo. WineGB unveiled the new standard in July of 2020. 
Under SWGB, wineries are required to engage in sustainable | Learn more on Commonshare | water use. They must also participate in efforts to protect against waterway contamination.
Finally, SWGB-certified wineries must make efforts to reduce their energy usage and carbon footprint.
This is a big win for sustainability in wine, at a time when wineries elsewhere are also moving toward sustainability | Learn more on Commonshare |. 
Its goal
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The goals of this standard include environmental conservation generally, as well as soil protection, promotion of biodiversity, minimal usage of pesticides and fertilizers, and protection for the water.
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The First 12 SWGB-Certified Wineries
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Here is the list of the first 12 producers to achieve the new standard: 
| Albury Vineyard (Surrey)
| Camel Valley (Cornwall) 
| Chilworth Manor Vineyard (Surrey) 
| Defined Wine (Kent)
| Easing Hill Vineyard (Worcestershire)
| Grange Estate Vineyard (Hampshire)
| High Clandon Estate (Surrey)
| Hush Heath Estate (Kent)
| Nyetimber Vineyard (Sussex) 
| Three Choirs Vineyard & Winery (Gloucestershire)
| Venn Valley Vineyard (Devon) 
| Yotes Court Vineyard (Kent) ———————————————
More Producers to Receive Certification 
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Although the standard was unveiled last month, the foundations of the standard were laid down by 30 founding wineries in 2019. Collectively, these wineries account for about 40% of the UK’s hectarage, and between them, they produce about 6.8 million bottles a year. Other producers are currently undergoing the audit process and are expected to receive SWGB certification very soon. 
According to Chris Foss, the chairperson of the industry working group behind SWGB, the group is “delighted to welcome the first fully accredited producers, and there are many others not far behind.” Sustainability credentials bring real value, Foss explains, both to individual producers and to the industry as a whole.
The first wines bearing the SWGB label
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it will come from the 2020 annual harvest.
For more information
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More information about the standard is available through a new podcast, Sustainability Uncorked(1) | #Sustainability Uncorked |, hosted by Victoria Rose of PR agency Vine Media Relations. 
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Sustainability Uncorked website | https://sustainability-uncorked.captivate.fm/listen |

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