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Valli Sustainability Commitment

Written by Jenny McLeod

Valli Wine’s commitment to sustainability has received a standing ovation from judges at the 2021 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London awarding the Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 the coveted IWC Sustainable Trophy.

The wine also won the Central Otago Pinot Noir Trophy and was named  2021 New Zealand Red winner placing it in the top ten best wines from around the world featured at the IWC.

Valli Wine founder and winemaker Grant Taylor says the sustainability trophy highlights recognition of the quality of Pinot Noir wines that the Gibbston region produces.

“This relates particularly to the site we have chosen for Valli as this is the third major international trophy our Gibbston vineyard has taken in its short life. While viticulturalists and winemakers are important all they can do is bring out the best in what they have to work with. At the end of the day it’s down to the inherent quality of the vineyard itself.”

He says the company’s sustainability measures are wide ranging in the winery, in the vineyard and in packaging , sales and administration.

“The sustainability ethos across the board is more about what the team at Valli doesn’t do, rather than what it does.”

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Jenny McLeod