Green oenophiles, take note — the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) has awarded the 2011 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing to Parducci Wine Cellars of Mendocino County, California.
Harry Bartel, chairman of the organization’s sustainable winegrowing judging committee, noted that the committee was impressed by Parducci’s use of certified sustainable winegrowing practices, as well as the fact that the winery uses 100 percent renewable energy, recycles 100 percent of its waste water, and is carbon neutral. “Parducci sets a high standard for itself and the winegrowing industry,” he said in a statement.
This award was developed in 2010 by BRIT to honor the viticulturists (grape growers) and viniculturists (winemakers) throughout the world who reflect the instititute’s core principles of conservation, sustainability and wise stewardship of the land.
Applicants for the Sustainable Winegrowing award are judged on an 18-point assessment of their organization’s accomplishments in sustainable winegrowing, winemaking, and social responsibility practices. Wine quality is also an important factor, as applicants must submit a bottle of wine for a tasting by the judging committee.