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Yealands wins Gold in International Best in Biz Awards 2014

We are delighted to be crowned the gold winner of the Most Socially or Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year category in Best in Biz Awards 2014 International. These are the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.

More than 200 public and private companies representing all sectors of the economy from more than 30 countries competed in Best in Biz Awards’ second annual International program. 

Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2014 International were determined based on scoring from a panel of 27 judges drawn from top-tier news, business, finance, and technology publications and media outlets from 17 countries, with all continents represented. 

This year’s judging panel included writers and contributors to a wealth of publications including Asian Power (Singapore), The Australian (Australia), Canadian Business (Canada),  CTV (Canada), Huffington Post (United States), IAA Magazine (United Arab Emirates), In Business (Cyprus and Greece), Irish Independent (Ireland)The Engaging Brand (United Kingdom and YourStory.in (India).

Our founder, Peter Yealands is pleased to add another international award to the trophy cabinet. “We continually strive to improve our sustainable practices. For us sustainability is about using resources in a smarter way, which guarantees future supply and our profitability. We’re conscious that our commitment needs to be tangible; being green is an integral part of who we are, and for us it is essential to producing world-class wines.” he says.

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The finals were held at Lincoln University with Chief Judge Nicky Hyslop saying the Yealands entry stood out for its innovation, entrepreneurship and vision. The winner’s prize is a $20,000 grant toward overseas travel for study, research, marketing, or a combination of these.

The Yealands entry, one of six finalists from throughout the South Island, also won the Silver Fern Farms ‘Plate to Pasture’ award for consumer awareness, and the Lincoln University award for best use of technology and innovation, receiving $5000 for each.

“Peter impressed us with his philosophy of ‘think boldly and never say it can’t be done’,” Hyslop says. “He also demonstrated outstanding innovation inside and outside of the winery business. That was backed up by sound business practices integrated into every aspect of the operation, and a holistic ‘vine to bottle’ approach. Peter showed he was a visionary and had the will and the tenacity to convert that into a successful farm business enterprise.”

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NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards 2013

Yealands Family Wines is awarded two NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards - the Energy Management and Renewables Impact Awards.

Yealands was selected as a finalist in the following six categories:

  • Mega Efficiency Impact, sponsored by Auckland Council

  • Mega Efficiency Innovation, sponsored by Ricoh

  • Restorative Innovation

  • Energy Management Award, sponsored by EECA

  • Renewables Impact

  • Renewables Innovation


International Winner - 'Most Sustainable Medium Business'

Yealands Estate Wines was the only New Zealand organisation, and globally the only winery recognised by the leading global sustainability awards.

The International Green Awards were created with the aim of identifying companies that have exhibited leadership and innovation in their sustainability approach. 

The Most Sustainable Medium Business category is open to medium enterprises around the world, with total revenues between $10 million and $100 million. Judges commented that their aim was to reward an organisation that is innovating, challenging traditional wisdom and can show impressive first-hand results that can be replicated with other businesses. All entries were judged anonymously, to avoid any prejudice.


best of wine tourism 2012

International Winner - Sustainable Wine Tourism Category

For the third year running Yealands Estate has won the award for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices at the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Awards.

The Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout the nine greatest wine regions in the world.

The panel of judges commended Yealands Estate for leading from the front and demonstrating their commitment to sustainability, rather than just talking about it.
“Thinking outside the vineyard and more about the future, Yealands lead the way, from plastic wine bottles to making their own charcoal from the canes in the vineyard. Wine is not just about grapes and Yealands proves once again that while sustainability is an easy word to say, the proof is in the pudding,” says Judge Chris Fortune. 

The Yealands Estate cellar door experience includes an educational sustainability winery tour. Visitors also have the opportunity learn first-hand about the sustainable initiatives via a complimentary interactive self-guided vineyard tour. A selection of picnic foods are available to match with Yealands Estate wines to complete the wine tasting experience.

The Great Wine Capitals is a Network of nine major global cities in both the northern and southern hemispheres, which share a key economic and cultural asset; their internationally renowned wine regions.


International Runner Up - Sustainable Business Category

Yealands Estate was runner up in the Sustainable Business Category of the Drinks Business Green Awards 2012, which recognises international leaders in sustainability and environmental performance.

Yealands Estate was one of 31 companies globally, to be nominated in these prestigious awards, run by Europe’s leading drinks publication.

The Drinks Business Green Awards encourage companies to decrease their impact on the environment, and is the largest programme in the world dedicated to raising awareness of green issues within the drinks trade.

Judged by an independent panel of sustainability and drinks industry experts, the Green Awards examine how companies manage various environmental issues including, water management, biodiversity, community environmental training, and supply chain efficiencies, along with the evolving challenges of global sustainability which face the industry.