A Significant Milestone in Two Wineries' Climate Action Efforts
We are delighted to announce that two of our Applicant members have achieved Silver Member status, having completed a baseline, third-party verified GHG inventory across Scopes 1, 2, and 3. Congratulations to Champagnes Piper-Heidsieck, Rare & Charles Heidsieck (Champagne, France) and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (Washington, USA)!
Says Charlotte Hey, IWCA’s Executive Director: “We are proud to have such great viticultural names in to our community of wine producers who are at the forefront of climate action in the wine sector. Their efforts in carbon emissions reduction and their commitment to spreading the word about the importance of our mission is evident.”
This brings the total number of IWCA Silver Members to 23. All IWCA Silver Members are committed to the same goal: reducing their GHG emissions to reach Net Zero by 2050. As part of this, they regularly conduct third-party verified GHG inventories to understand their progress and priorities areas for action (learn more about what it means to be an IWCA member here!).
Piper-Heidsieck, Charles Heidsieck & Rare Champagne
The Champagne Houses Piper-Heidsieck, Charles Heidsieck & Rare Champagne have been based in Reims in the heart of Champagne for several centuries. They produce Champagne while perpetuating a traditional know-how in order to ensure the excellence and authenticity of the wines. A quest for excellence leads them to constantly innovate, considering the environment and the people in order to offer the best quality for their consumers. They are engaged in excellence in viticultural practices. They aim to reduce the environmental impact of their activities (-61% of their carbon footprint for Scopes 1 & 2 and -46% / bottle produced for Scope 3 by 2030), achieve net-zero carbon emissions before 2050, and integrate sustainability into every project and decision-making.
"It is a pleasure to join this movement of wineries committed to climate action. This collaborative working group allows us to share knowledge & best practices to achieve our GHG emissions reduction targets. We are convinced that a collective movement of this scale will inspire other actors in the wine world."
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is among the largest and most admired premium wine companies in the U.S. and the pioneering winery of the Pacific Northwest. Principles rooted deeply in executional excellence and relentless focus drive Ste. Michelle’s passion for producing the highest quality wines, dedication to the consumer and a commitment to its communities. The Ste. Michelle Wine Estates portfolio features the leading wineries from the world’s most renowned wine regions, including Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14 Hands, Columbia Crest, Col Solare and Spring Valley Vineyard from Washington; A to Z, Erath, and REX HILL from Oregon; Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Patz & Hall from Napa and Sonoma, respectively; Marchesi Antinori of Italy; and Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte of France.
"We recognize that IWCA is the gold standard for wineries focused on reducing environmental impact. We are proud to be a part of this organization, essential in leading the way to address climate action. Taking the steps to achieve our Silver membership emphasizes our commitment to this work, necessary to ensure the future of a sustainable wine business."
IWCA actively invites wineries 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.