We are thrilled to welcome three new Applicant Members to IWCA — growing our movement to 45 wine producing companies across 11 countries!
Congratulations and welcome to Abadía Retuerta S.A. (Spain), CedarCreek Estate Winery (Canada), and Viña Concha y Toro (Chile)! These wine producing companies are leaders not only in quality winemaking, but also in sustainability and environmental stewardship. As members of IWCA, they are raising their ambition for tackling their greenhouse gas emissions.
IWCA's member wineries commit to becoming Net Zero by 2050 across Scopes 1, 2, and 3. Membership in IWCA is rigorously vetted to ensure that members are held accountable to their commitments and demonstrate tangible progress toward this goal. Our three newest Applicant Members will complete a third-party audited, comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory within the next year to achieve Silver Membership, followed by regular emissions accounting to measure their progress towards Net Zero.
And, as part of the IWCA community, they will benefit (and contribute to!) our community of knowledge exchange and learning around climate action strategies. Learn more about our newest Applicant Members below, and contact us to learn more about IWCA!
Abadía Retuerta S.A.
Abadía Retuerta has a deeply rooted winemaking culture. Wine has played a key role on their estate ever since the time of the Premonstratensian monks — they used to produce it here, over eight centuries ago. Today, Abadía Retuerta’s expert team endeavours to make wines with all the distinct personality of the local terroir, reflecting its unique character. Within Abadía Retuerta’s 180 hectares of vineyards, there are 54 distinct plots, mainly differentiated by soil composition and grape variety. The company’s main action areas rest in five fundamental pillars: a responsibility to their legacy; a commitment to their employees, focused on their personal and professional development; biodiversity and looking after the environment; excellence, based on perseverance and innovation; and integrity, whereby ethics and consistency are vital for getting across and reflecting their values.
"Sustainability is a fundamental pillar of our business, and we consider it to be a key value that combines both environmental and social concepts. In our case, we are the custodians of two legacies: we have a natural heritage, spread over 700 hectares in a unique valley shaped by the River Duero, and we have our cultural and historic heritage. Our mission is to pass on these legacies to future generations, in ever better conditions."
CedarCreek Estate Winery
Located in the Okanagan Valley, with a heritage dating back to the early days of winemaking in the region, CedarCreek blends tradition with innovation to produce cool climate wines that reflect the unique character of their land. Their dedication to sustainability is embedded into every aspect of their operations, from organic and regenerative viticulture practices to developing a sustainability portfolio that allows CedarCreek to continuously measure and reduce their impact on the environment and the local community.
"As a business, we are committed to achieving the greenhouse gas reduction targets set out by IWCA, and sharing our work, challenges, and opportunities with the greater organization. We are excited to take a leading role in the transition to a carbon-free future, to learn from other IWCA members about past solutions and challenges, and to contribute our learnings back to other wineries."
Viña Concha y Toro
Founded in 1883, Viña Concha y Toro is Latin America’s leading producer and occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies, currently exporting to 140 countries worldwide. Uniquely, it owns around 12,000 hectares of prime vineyards in Chile, Argentina and United States. The company create wines of excellence for the world, embracing a future committed to innovation, sustainability, the development of people and their communities.
"We are pleased to be part of this outstanding group of wineries with a strong common purpose: to lay the foundations for a regenerative and low-carbon future."
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
IWCA actively invites wineries and other members of the wine industry interested in our mission to contact us. Membership is open to any wine company involved in the production process from winegrowing to bottling that believes in taking strategic action to accelerate innovative climate solutions. Non-wineries sharing our mission and values can support our work as an IWCA Friend.