Rewarding considerate winemaking & viticulture

The IWSC’s Green Wine Initiative award, in partnership with Green Wine Future, has been created to recognise the myriad of considerate viticulture and wine making practices underway across the world.

We want to highlight the impressive work being carried out by producers already on the journey toward improving their environmental credentials.

Small or large, part of a cooperative or a one-man vintner, we want to hear from businesses of all shapes and sizes about the good work being carried out to improve your wine-making production processes. Rewarding organisations showing creativity and innovation, a bursary of £7.5k will be granted to the winner, courtesy of the IWSC Foundation.

We are delighted to share the shortlist for our Green Wine Initiative Trophy, in partnership with Green Wine Future. This trophy was open to all international wine producers setting the standard for more considered winemaking practices.⁠

Huge congratulations to our 4 shortlisted producers on their entries:⁠

Stopham Vineyard⁠
Simpsons’ Wine Estate 
Domaine Virgile Joly 

We will shortly be announcing the shortlisted producers and the winner will be announced at our 2022 Awards Dinner & Industry Celebration.


Entry criteria

Applicants will be able to provide quantitative evidence on the nature of the improvements made and can demonstrate a causal relationship between activities undertaken and improvements achieved. Visible progress to becoming a more sustainable organisation must be demonstrated. Initiatives must already be underway; it is not enough to simply demonstrate intention.

The award is open to all international wine producers: entry to the IWSC wine awards is not required.

Entries are now closed.

We will shortly be announcing the shortlisted producers and the winner will be announced at our 2022 Awards Dinner & Industry Celebration.

Entry timeline

Open for entries: Wednesday 8 June

Deadline for entries: Friday 15 July

Award judging: w.c. 18 July

Shortlist announced: w.c. 25 July

Winner announced: 29 September

If the judging panel feel the standard of the applications has not been met, then the award and prize may not be granted. It is at the discretion of the IWSC and the panel whether a candidate will be selected and awarded the Green Wine Initiative Award.


How do we submit an entry?

What is the closing date for entries?

  • Closing date for entries is Friday 15 July

What are you looking for in a submission?

  • We will be looking for a project that, in the judges’ view, has the greatest significance in terms of its positive impact on sustainability and demonstrates creativity and innovation.

How will the award be judged?

  • A selection of industry experts will vote independently on the submissions. There are two rounds of voting. The first round will determine the shortlist, the second round will determine the overall winner.

Is there a cost associated with entering this award

  • No. There is no cost – participation is free of charge.

When will the winner be announced?

  • The winner will be announced on 29 September. The shortlisted entrants will be announced before this.

Can a business submit multiple entries?

  • We recognise many businesses are proudly pioneering several initiatives and so we encourage multiple entries though limit it to up to 5 entries.