Building Global Momentum to Decarbonize the Wine Sector
Five new wineries from around the world have newly joined International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA)! These five wineries – Miguel Torres Chile (Chile), Champagne Lanson (France), Famille Perrin (France), Viña Undurraga (Chile), and Voyager Estate (Australia) – are committing to take immediate action to reduce their carbon emissions and strengthening our collective effort to decarbonize the global wine sector.
We also celebrate Château Troplong Mondot and Herència Altés, two wineries that have reached Silver Membership after joining IWCA as Applicants in September 2021. This brings total IWCA membership to 13 Member wineries and 14 Applicant Members spanning 8 different countries and 5 continents.
Learn more about these wineries below and via our press release (in Spanish here), which also highlights IWCA’s two new regionally adapted greenhouse gas calculators developed for wineries in Australia and New Zealand.
Welcoming Miguel Torres Chile, New IWCA Silver Member
Miguel Torres Chile (Chile) has joined IWCA as a Silver Member after committing to become Net Zero by 2050 at the latest and completing an annual third-party audited greenhouse gas emissions inventory that encompasses Scopes 1-3. The winery, founded in 1979 by Miguel Torres, is one of the main Chilean producers of premium wines, with 400 hectares of organic vineyards and distribution in over 100 countries.
Four Wineries from France, Chile, and Australia Join IWCA as Applicant Members
Famille Perrin (France)
From the legendary Château de Beaucastel to the partnership with Brad Pitt at Miraval, the Perrin family has experienced over a century of success. Famille Perrin is today the largest owner of vineyards in the best terroirs of the southern Rhone Valley in France. Pioneers of organic farming since 1953 and biodynamics since 1970, the strength of Famille Perrin is knowing how to cultivate everyone’s talents to support their vineyards but always under the auspices of common values: absolute respect for the terroir and the soils, biodynamics as a philosophy of life, pursuit for precision, balance and elegance.
Champagne Lanson (Champagne, France)
Founded in 1760, Lanson is one of the oldest Champagne Houses, still owned by a Champagne family group. The unique style of its Champagnes rests on 4 immutable pillars: a meticulous selection of Crus; a vinification according to the traditional Champagne principle; a rare collection of reserve wines, and a longer ageing in cellars. As a major player in the Champagne region, respect for the terroir is a primary concern for Lanson. Since 2010, it has been committed to a more ecological viticulture, promoting the balance between the soils, the plants and people.
Viña Undurraga (Chile)
Established in 1885, Viña Undurraga, one of Chile’s great historic estates, has grown over time to become one of Chile’s leading producers today. With over 1,350 hectares under vine in diverse wine regions around Chile, although the winery is in Maipo, the portfolio very much spans the whole Chilean territory. Now, more than ever, and thinking about the generations to come, Viña Undurraga reaffirms its commitment to sustainability and the responsibility it has with the environment.
Voyager Estate (Margaret River, Australia)
Established in 1978, Voyager Estate is a family-owned vineyard and winery in Margaret River; a unique cape region nestled in the south-western corner of Australia. Its wines are all grown and meticulously crafted on its property, where they’re showcased in its cellar door and restaurant. The vineyards are 100% organically farmed, with wines transitioning to full certification by 2023. Sustainability has been at Voyager Estate’s core for over 20 years, with a focus on building soil carbon, ecosystem support, land management, water efficiency and renewable energy.
Château Troplong Mondot and Herència Altés Upgrade to Silver Membership
“Benefiting from a unique natural heritage, Château Troplong Mondot has always been committed to preserve the environment. For a few years now, the fight for climate became obvious to us, and learning about IWCA and its principles has challenged us in our actions and projects. To us, IWCA has convictions and hope for the future; it is from that vision that we draw inspiration. We are very pleased to be joining this initiative.” said Aymeric de Gironde, CEO of Château Troplong Mondot.
From Herència Altés, Núria Altés, Co-Owner, stated: “Healthy soils and a robust ecosystem will perpetuate viticulture; it is our duty to maintain a good balance between agriculture and biodiversity. Collaborating and sharing resources with IWCA and other likeminded wineries around the world makes us stronger in our fight for the decarbonization of the wine sector.”
Launching Two New Regionally Adapted Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculators
IWCA has launched two regionally adapted IWCA calculators for wineries in Australia and New Zealand. These tools, which build upon the U.S.-adapted calculator developed last year, have been developed in collaboration with Sustridge and Yealands Estate Wines for current and potential members of IWCA to calculate their annual greenhouse gas emissions inventories and include the most material emissions sources for typical wineries and vineyards.
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