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Okanagan Crush Pad Winery Is 1st Canadian Winery to Join IWCA

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12 May – [Summerland, BC] Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad Winery is pleased to announce that it is the first Canadian winery to join the International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA). IWCA is open to any winery, from any country, and employs a three-tiered membership system that allows a diversity of wineries to join. Okanagan Crush Pad has been accepted as an applicant member having committed to an ISO-14064 audited baseline greenhouse gas inventory. The winery team now has one year  to meet IWCA membership requirements and  become a silver or gold level member.  

“I am proud that the winery team is devoted to  this process and to making a full effort to take our  land stewardship commitment to the next level,”  notes OCP founder, Christine Coletta. “We started  our sustainability push in 2011 by converting our  vineyards to organic farming and then in 2014  obtaining organic certification for our winemaking  facility. We can now push this commitment  beyond farming and winemaking to incorporate all  aspects of our business,” says Coletta. Founded by Familia Torres (Penedes, Spain)  and Jackson Family Wines (California, USA) in Okanagan Crush Pad’s Switchback Vineyard 2019, IWCA sets out to galvanize the global  wine community to create climate change  mitigation strategies and decarbonize the  industry. The association is a collaborative  working group of environmentally  committed wineries taking a science-based  approach to reducing carbon emissions  across the wine industry.  

Members share best practices that lessen  climate change impacts in vineyard and  winery operations so that the global wine  industry can act collectively to decarbonize,  applying direct solutions that avoid  purchasing carbon offset credits.

“It is important for us to take a deep dive into our practices with a set goal and timeframe in which to achieve the next level of IWCA membership,” notes OCP’s CEO, Darryl Brooker. 

“Some of the first steps we will take is to conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, followed by an ISO-14064 audit. We will be working with Josh Prigge of Sustridge, an industry leading sustainability consulting firm, to guide us through the initial process. Once this is complete, we will commit to annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions achieving a 33% reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050. We are also pleased that through IWCA membership we are also a participant in the United Nations’ Race to Zero Campaign,” says Brooker.

More About Okanagan Crush Pad 

Founded in 2011 by Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, on Switchback Vineyard in Summerland, BC,  Okanagan Crush Pad has developed a reputation as a leading producer of Okanagan organic wines  with chief winemaker Matt Dumayne at the helm since 2013. Dumayne utilizes a host of fermenting  and aging vessels; concrete tanks, amphorae, large format oak and stainless steel, all crafted in  a state-of-the-art facility that is a draw for wine enthusiasts. The winery offers four unique wine  portfolios: Haywire, Narrative, Free Form and Bizou + Yukon, guaranteeing a wine for everyone’s  taste. 

The winery also owns 320-acre Garnet Valley Ranch (Summerland), a rare piece of land, which is  respectfully farmed with nature in mind. The ranch is home to organic vineyards and vegetables,  hayfields, and a lavender farm, with space and places for wildlife to roam. OCP’s club members  have access to tour the ranch and relax at the newly opened GVR Outlook and explore the world of  organic farming. For more information visit okanagancrushpad.com

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