Villa Maria is thrilled to be a finalist in two categories in the 2014 Sustainable 60 Awards announced today (15th September 2014).
The annual Sustainable 60 Awards recognise sustainable business excellence supported by Fairfax Media and the Sustainable Business Council, along with partners Deloitte, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and Sustainable Edge.
Villa Maria was a founding member of Sustainable W winegrowing New Zealand in 1995, an initiative of the body, New Zealand Winegrowers, providing a best practice model for managing vineyards and wineries.
With a proud history in the sustainability award arena, in 2012 Villa Maria was awarded supreme winner for the Green Ribbon Award from the New Zealand Government recognising ongoing contributions to protecting our environment and the overall champion for the Sustainable Business Network Awards.
Villa Maria was the first major winery to achieve the BioGro organic certification and is proudly recognised by CEMARS (Certified Emissions measurement and Reduction Scheme) that solely focuses on measuring and managing carbon footprint or greenhouse gas emissions.
Villa Maria has a network of worm farms in the vineyard and winery sites to create nutrient rich material for the vineyards, wildflowers to assist soil structure, light weight glass, heat recovery, night air cooling, natural lighting, hybrid vehicles and a comprehensive recycling programme.
“As a family company, the desire to leave something for the next generation is an ever-present and overriding business objective,” said Sir George Fistonich, Founder and CEO of Villa Maria. “We have been on a continuous sustainability journey for over twenty years and being environmentally responsible is part of our core objective.”
The winners for each category will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday 28 October.