Chilean winery Montes was the recipient of a Commendation in the Water Management category at this year’s Drinks Business Green Awards for their work to reduce water use in their operations. The competition is the world’s largest programme to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade and recognise and reward those who are leading the way in sustainability and environmental performance.
To date, the Montes has reduced its water footprint by 50% – 1,000,000 m3 of water/year – equivalent to the average annual consumption of 27,300 people. Its initiatives include having 100% drip-irrigated vineyards to using a biological worm-filtered system to convert liquid waste into water for irrigation. Montes has also preserved 44 hectares of native forest on the Divisadero Hill at its Apalta vineyard. The natural water cycle feeds approximately 1,584,000 m3 of water into the ecosystem for agricultural use and human consumption.
In 2014 Liberty Wines was delighted to receive a similar Special Commendation in the UK Green Company of the Year category of these awards, following our Carbon Neutral certification. We continue to put sustainability at the heart of what we do, including offsetting the transportation of all wines door to door, and have recently been re-assessed as an Approved Supplier by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. If you would like to know more about our sustainability efforts please get in touch here.
For more information on the awards and this year’s winners please visit https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/11/the-drinks-business-green-awards-2016-the-winners.