Supreme Green Ribbon Award for Villa Maria EstateWijn – nieuws woensdag, 6 juni 2012
The 100% New Zealand and family owned wine business also secured the Large Business Leadership category, which recognises large organisations who demonstrate an on-going commitment to environmental best practices.
Environment Minister Amy Adams who presented the award to Fabian Yukich, Villa Maria’s Executive Director Wineries & Vineyards, said: “Villa Maria is dedicated to minimising the environmental impact of its business and has demonstrated that environmental best-practice can boost profitability and be part of everyday business. The winery takes a holistic approach to environmental best practice, implementing a variety of effective initiatives nationwide. These range from growing grapes organically through to projects that reduce the environmental effects of operations in the processing plant.”
Fabian has been driving sustainability at Villa Maria for more than 14 years and has been instrumental in embedding social, environmental and financial sustainability into the core of Villa Maria’s culture. He paid tribute to Sir George Fistonich, founder and owner of Villa Maria, who is celebrating his 50th vintage this year: “George’s personal commitment to sustainable practices, his support and leadership has shaped a culture that encourages everyone within the company to find new ways to reduce our environmental impact, ensuring that we, especially as a family business, leave something for the next generation.”
The 2012 Green Ribbon Awards had more than 280 entries across 12 award categories, an increase of 68 on the previous year, which shows that more New Zealanders are taking action to improve the environment.