Spanish Wineries, Committed to Sustainability
In today's world, it is hard to conceive of a business strategy without taking into account criteria of sustainability. Producers, sellers and consumers are conscious of the need to update their processes and routines to make them all work along the same lines: to ensure a sustainable future for future generations. This concern has taken firm hold in Spanish wineries and denominations of origin. An example of this can be found in the Wineries for Climate Protection certification, created two years ago, which has since been obtained by 11 Spanish wineries. What does it consist of? What guarantees does it offer in terms of sustainability?
Text: Rodrigo García Fernández / ©ICEX
Something changed for good in the grape and wine-growing industry in 2016 in Paris. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) presented a document that, for the first time in its history, reflected a list of the General Principles of Sustainable Viticulture from an environmental, cultural and social perspective. It was an inflection point in the industry and served to provide wineries and agriculturists with the perfect framework through which to conduct their own professional foray into the world of sustainability.
What a lot of wine professionals and aficionados don't know is that, five years before this declaration by the OIV, a group of more than 300 Spanish wineries united at Alimentaria Trade Show in Barcelona to sign a decalogue of good, sustainable practices through which they demonstrated their commitment to set a new course for the industry. This was the taking off point of a pioneering project with a clear objective: to create a certification issued by and for wineries that would function as a professional guarantee of sustainable practices throughout the wine making process. That certification is Wineries for Climate Protection.
Sustainability as a competitive advantage
stíbaliz Torrealba, the coordinator of the technical group of Wineries for Climate Protection, explains the three main advantages of this certification: “It is the perfect tool for working on Corporate Social Responsibility strategies; sustainability is synonymous with savings and efficiency for companies; and this certification also means a competitive advantage for the wineries in a sector where distributors and consumers place a high value on sustainability when it comes to purchasing.”
The Wineries for Climate Protection certification has already been obtained by 11 Spanish wineries: Campo Viejo, Perelada, Finca La Estacada, Soledad, Viña Mayor, Fontana, González Byass, Raimat, Segura Viudas, Bodegas Luzón and Aroa. In order to receive it, wineries must present a strategy that provides for actions on four distinct axes: residue reduction, water management, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and the use of renewable energy sources. The technical group of Wineries for Climate Protection is responsible for carrying out an audit and analysis of candidate wineries to make sure that they fulfill at least 50% of the requirements in each of the four, previously mentioned, axes.
This certification, backed by the Federación Española de Vino (Spanish Wine Federation), also boasts the collaboration of a series of independent certifiers, and encourages wineries to work with a focus on continued improvement, as detailed by Estíbaliz Torrealba: “The wineries have to renew the certificate every two years, and to do so they must demonstrate a 5% improvement in the points obtained in each of the four axes on which we base our vision of sustainability.”
Translation by Adrienne Smith /@ICEX.
The Wineries for Climate Protection certification has already been obtained by 11 Spanish wineries: Campo Viejo, Perelada, Finca La Estacada, Soledad, Viña Mayor, Fontana, González Byass, Raimat, Segura Viudas, Bodegas Luzón and Aroa