The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (Brit) is pleased to announce the winners in its 2018 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition. The platinum medal goes to Alexander Valley Vineyards (AVV) of Healdsburg, California, based on the winery’s on-going sustainable programs that address the three elements of sustainability: environmental, economic, social – and the Vineyard’s wine taste. The awarded wine was AVV’s 2014 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon, Single Vineyard, using certified organic grapes.

Additional BRIT sustainable awards went to:

Gold medals

  • E. & J. Gallo Winery, Modesto, California. Submitted 2015 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon. Gallo receives special recognition for its corporate-wide, multi-brand sustainability programs and for the organization’s industry leadership.
  • Bodega Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina. Submitted 2014 Catena Malbec.

Silver medal

Franciscan Estates, St. Helena, California. Submitted 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bronze medal

Peach Creek Vineyards, College Station, Texas. Submitted Sassy Lassy, semi-sweet Texas table wine made with Noble grapes.

Brit’s 2019 sustainable winegrowing competition begins May 1, 2018, with the competition’s call for entries news release and the 2019 application posted on the Brit website, The submission deadline is September 1, 2018.


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