Going green

On Thursday, 17 November I had the fortunate pleasure of attending the 3rd Nedbank Green Wine Awards function at the Mount Nelson.

Nedbank is the apt sponsor of these awards as they were recently announced as the first carbon neutral bank.

The awards have found a happy new home at Getaway Magazine after Ramsay Media decided to no longer produce Wine Magazine. According to Getaway Editor in Chief, Cameron Ewart-Smith, this is a perfect match as the new home for the awards. He stated that the Getaway readers were environmentally conscious and were the perfect target market for green wines.

My favourite wine at the awards was the Waverley Hills Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010 that is a beautiful light, crisp and affordable introduction for the general consumer to a white Bordeaux Blend. The wine has a very low 12.9% alcohol and gained a 4-star rating from the 3-man panel headed by Christian Eedes. (Read more about the controversial topic of how many judges are enough from Edo Heyns on his blog at www.wineland.co.za)

Christian made the comment that three years earlier he said that he hoped that one day the awards would no longer be necessary once everyone adopted bio-dynamic farming methods. This dream might not seem feasible now with the current economic conditions making organic farming even more risky but it might also not be too far away.

On the same day that the awards took place the South African Government forged support for a “green accord” that is aimed at creating 300 000 green jobs within the next ten years. Many of the proposed jobs are also set to be created in the agricultural sector.

The only sad thing about the day was the fact that the entries and number of producers were significantly down from the previous two years. This is quite a sad state for the industry as we should be supporting awards like this one that highlight niche markets. And we should all try to support farming methods that promote a sustainable future.

We could all take a page from Mahatma Ghandi’s book of wisdom, “be the change you want to see in the world”.

This article was first published as a blog post on WINE.CO.ZA, please click here to see the original article.


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