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Green, green wine: International Wine Challenge announces its ‘Planet Earth’ Awards for 2014

The 31st International Wine Challenge announces its eco-friendly wine awards for 2014.

The 31st International Wine Challenge has awarded its 2014 ‘Planet Earth Awards’ to three winemakers who impressed the judges with their responsibly produced wines.

  • Spanish vineyard Alta Alella received the Best Organic Wine Award for its Alta Alella Privat Laietà 2010.  Created in the family-run vineyard near Barcelona, this refreshing cava with hints of apple and citrus fruits was made from organic grapes with no added sulfites. It was also awarded the Spanish Sparkling Trophy at the competition.
  • The Sustainability Trophy for 2014 went to New Zealand vineyard Pask Winery for its Pask Declaration Chardonnay 2010. This Hawke’s Bay company operates all 59 hectares of its vineyards, and the winery, under Sustainable Winegrowing NZ accreditation. It was also involved in the inception and implementation of this national initiative. Pask Winery describes sustainability as an ‘all-encompassing philosophy”. Its refined Chardonnay with subtle oak and kiwi flavours was a big hit with the judges.
  • The IWC Fairtrade Award for 2014 was awarded to Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Fairtrade Sauvignon Blanc 2013, created for the supermarket by Citrusdal Wines. This South African-based company works in partnership with Fairtrade certified grape farmers to produce Fairtrade labelled wines for consumers all around the world. A Fairtrade minimum price is guaranteed to wine grape growers to cover the cost of sustainable production.
  • When tasting the wines, the IWC judges are not aware that the wines are responsibly produced.  The wine scores are extracted later and the award goes to the highest rated wine in each category.
  • Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners


Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“Each of these award-winning winemakers displays a commitment to sustaining the environment and protecting the people involved in the process, which is highly admirable. It is their conscientious approach to wine production which should allow their respective regions to thrive for generations to come. These three wines are delicious, and prime examples of how you do not need to compromise on quality when creating eco-friendly wines.”

Charles Metcalfe continued:

“This year we saw more excellent examples of responsibly-produced wines enter the competition than ever before, and I expect this trend to continue. Demand from consumers for eco-friendly wines is growing all the time, and it is wonderful to see so many winemakers adopting these practices and creating stunning wines.”

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