The IWSC announces new Green Wine Initiative accolade

Wine news

Fri 20 May 2022

Ahead of the launch of Green Wine Future’s 2022 conference, the IWSC, together with Green Wine Future, is proud to share news of a new international sustainability accolade.

The IWSC’s Green Wine Initiative award, in partnership with Green Wine Future has been created to recognise the growth of considerate wine making practices, and highlight the impressive work being carried out by producers across the world to improve their sustainability credentials and drive awareness.

The IWSC’s charitable arm, the IWSC Foundation will award a bursary of £7.5k to the winner. The award is open to all wine producers: entry to the IWSC wine awards is not required.  

Entry will open from 1 June 2022 when submissions can be made via an online application form on the IWSC website.  Following the announcement of a shortlist, the winner will be announced in September.

Christelle Guibert, CEO for the IWSC comments: “We are delighted to be partnering with Green Wine Future. We hope this award will help to raise awareness of the great work being done by producers across the world who are setting the standard for more considered winemaking practices. There are so many producers doing fantastic things – whether it’s finding ways to minimise water use, innovating with new packaging or moving toward renewable energy use. Together with Green Wine Future we want to celebrate these great works, sharing producers’ stories and rewarding one winner with our 2022 Green Wine Initiative award.”

Michael Wangbickler, Marketing Director for Green Wine Future adds: “It’s time for us to award and showcase those who have made the commitment to sustainability in winemaking. It’s important to recognize their efforts and contributions to not only the wine industry, but to setting a more sustainable foundation for upcoming generations. The more we acknowledge that these practices should be standard operating procedure for all, the more we normalize them. We’re thrilled to partner with IWSC in this endeavour.”


Entry to the IWSC’s 2022 Green Wine Initiative award, in partnership with Green Wine Future will open from Wednesday 1 June.

The announcement of the IWSC’s new Green Wine Initiative award follows the recent confirmation of a research bursary granted by the IWSC Foundation to the Heritage Vines of Turkey project.  This bursary will be used to further the research project underway in Turkey to uncover, register and raise awareness of old vineyards and old and previously lost grape varieties.