KEY ORGANIZATIONS

A wide array of organizations, many of them private voluntary associations, exist to promote sustainability, including environmental sustainability under changing climate conditions in the wine industry.  Some of these organizations also provide a certification framework for their members.  If you know of others that should be included or you represent one of these organizations and would like to provide additional information, please let me know at wineandclimate@gmail.com.
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Global

ARENI is a global research & action institute for the future of Fine Wine. They sponsor a global  multidisciplinary research programme that includes industry experts, academics and thought leaders on sustainability and wine. Natural and Human Resources are a key research focus. 

The website contains a wealth of information including white papers,  podcasts and articles.

 

Global

An Oxford and Pembrokeshire-based research institute and consultancy service addressing the impact of climate change on the global wine industry. Its focus is on the feasibility and transparency of freshwater management; irrigation; the suitability of regional adaptation techniques; the determination of cool-climate regions; and the long-term sustainability of viticulture.

Global

Demeter International is a certification body for both biodynamic and organic agriculture. Established in 1928 the global organization certifies farms, including vineyards in over 50 countries. The global body also oversees certifications issued by affiliated national organizations such as Demeter - USA and Demeter Biodynamic (Australia) .

Global

The key objective at Equalitas is to spread – in Italy – a unique approach to sustainability in the wine industry, built on the social, environmental and economic pillars, and a collective brand offering the best guarantee for consumers. Thanks to the technical, cultural and political resources of a broad stakeholder base, Equalitas intends to pool the best consolidated and innovatory practices, in order to launch a global Italian model of sustainable quality.

Italy

The key objective at Equalitas is to spread – in Italy – a unique approach to sustainability in the wine industry, built on the social, environmental and economic pillars, and a collective brand offering the best guarantee for consumers. Thanks to the technical, cultural and political resources of a broad stakeholder base, Equalitas intends to pool the best consolidated and innovatory practices, in order to launch a global Italian model of sustainable quality.

Champagne, France

Sustainable viticulture in Champagne refers to the application of sustainable development principles to viticulture.

It is a voluntary approach that relies on the day-to-day commitment of Champagne winemakers in 3 areas:

  • Biodiversity footprint

  • Carbon footprint

  • Water footprint

 

Burgundy, France

For 2,000 years, the Bourgogne winegrowing region has demonstrated its capacity to adapt to climatic, historical, economic and social circumstances. It has thus become one of the most sustainable wine regions on the planet. This quest for sustainability is a permanent concern, which is why the Bourgogne wine sector has embarked on the path of Sustainable Development through a concerted approach. 

Germany

FAIR'N GREEN is the system for sustainable viticulture. It covers the areas of management, environmental protection and corporate social responsibility. The wineries are yearly audited by sustainability experts and subject to the standard of FAIR and GREEN e.V. which puts forth high requirements in all areas of sustainability.

Spain

The Spanish Organic Wines Association was created to help small and medium wine producers in Spain more effectively market and export their wines.

 

California, USA

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance promotes sustainable winegrowing practices. The alliance administers Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW)  program. The certification focuses on environmentally and socially responsible practices. nd, our communities and our industry for generations to come.

Australia

Wine Australia helps foster and encourage profitable, resilient and sustainable Australian winegrape and wine businesses by investing in research and development (R&D), building markets, disseminating market information and knowledge, encouraging adoption and ensuring compliance through our regulatory functions. They also administer the Export and Regional Wine Support Package.

Georgia , Central Asia 

The Georgia Natural Wine Association was founded in 2017 by Georgian wine growers committed to biodynamic, organic and natural production.  

Australia

Established in 1955,The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is the Australian grape and wine industry’s own research organisation. It supports a sustainable and successful grape and wine industry through world class research, practical solutions and knowledge transfer