(November 28, 2017; Sicily, IT.)— Alberto Tasca, eighth-generation CEO of Sicily’s Tasca d’Almerita, recently accepted the Commendation prize in the category of Green Company of the Year at the 2017 The Drinks Business Green Awards. The award follows Tasca’s certification of the SOStain initiative earlier this year. Tasca was the only Italian winery recognized at this year’s awards.
The Drinks Business Green Awards is the world’s largest program to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade, recognizing and rewarding those who are leading the way in sustainability and environmental performance. Winners were announced live at The Ivy in London on November 20.
“It is a great honor to be commended in such a tough category,” Alberto Tasca says. “We consider the impact of every decision we make on the environment, so we are overjoyed to hear that our sustainable practices have been internationally recognized.”
The SOStain certification process seeks to promote sustainability in Italian winemaking from an environmental, social and economic standpoint. The process—in accordance with the Ministry of the Environment and VIVA, a preexisting program for sustainability in Italian viticulture—begins by horizontally evaluating a company’s sustainability efforts and involves ten requirements. From organic farming and wine analysis to the use of local resources and suppliers, SOStain evaluates all aspects of a company which are integral to the interconnection between society, the environment, and the Earth’s preservation. In April 2017, after nearly 10 years of dedication in the vineyards, cellars, offices, and communities, Tasca d’Almerita became the first winery to be formally recognized with the SOStain certification.
“Sustainability is something that we take very seriously,”says Tasca. “We work every day towards leaving our children with an environment better than our own. We do it because we know that like everything cultivated with passion, wisdom and experience, responsibility brings great results.”
For more information on SOStain visit: http://www.tascadalmerita.it/en/sustainability/sostain/
About Tasca d’Almerita
More than any other winery, this historic but forward-looking family enterprise exemplifies the marriage of quality and authenticity that has brought Sicilian wine to the world’s stage.
The company’s home base of Regaleali, a magnificent 1,236-acre farming estate in the center of Sicily, has been in the family since 1830. Today, Tasca d’Almerita is present in five prime winemaking locations around Sicily, places where vines, soil, Sicilian sun, diverse landscapes and the age-old work of man form a unique terroir, which finds its perfect expression in the cellar, the bottle and the glass thanks to the company’s unrivalled winemaking expertise. From hand-harvested vineyards totaling over 1,000 acres, Tasca d’Almerita produces 30 wines, each with a unique character, which are exported to over 50 countries.
Each of the five estates represents five faces of Sicily’s rich and complex character. On the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna, Tenuta Tascante, encompasses three vineyard sites of archaic beauty on Sicily’s new oenological frontier. Bathed in southern light, the Tenuta Capofaro on the Aeolian island of Salina produces two wines from the Malvasia grape, planted on the cliffs overlooking the sea and interspersed with bright bougainvillea flowers and indigenous caper plants. In the verdant hills behind Palermo, Tenuta Sallier de La Tour generates contemporary Sicilian wines of refined elegance, expressing the unity of countryside and sea breezes. And on the former Phoenician island of Mozia, Tenuta Whitaker is a little oenological jewel and museum under the sky, where the Grillo grape expresses all its summery verve, amongst the archeological sites and the sea.
For more information about Tasca d’Almerita, visit http://tascadalmerita.it/en.
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