Yealands World Champion at International Environment Awards
Media Release | Tuesday 11 November
Yealands named World Champion at the International Green Apple Environment Awards
Yealands Family Wines has claimed the overall World Champion title at the International Green Apple Environment Awards held in London last night. The prestigious ceremony was held at the House of Commons, in the Palace of Westminster and celebrates environmental best practice.
Yealands Family Wines competed against more than 500 global nominations from a range of industries, taking home the Australasia Gold Award, as well as the supreme “World Champion 2014” title.
Now in their 20th year, the Green Apple Awards have become established as the UK’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.
Founder and Principal, Peter Yealands, was blown away by the result. “The Green Apple Awards are one of the most highly regarded sustainability awards in the world. We had our fingers crossed for a trophy but are absolutely ecstatic to have claimed the top prize and walk away with a World Champion title,” says Mr Yealands.
The World Champion award is the fifth major sustainability award that the Marlborough based wine producer has received this year alone, with accolades also coming from Drinks Business Green Awards, Fairfax Sustainable 60 Awards, and the International Best in Biz Awards.
Congratulating Yealands on their success, New Zealand Winegrowers CEO Philip Gregan said “It is fantastic to see a New Zealand winery gaining recognition for their sustainability initiatives on the international stage. New Zealand is one of the world leaders in sustainable wine production and Yealands are testament to this.”
As a result of Yealands claiming the overall World Champion title, the International Green Apple Environment Awards are looking to hold the 2015 awards ceremony in New Zealand.