Seddon winery gets top award

23:39, Nov 07 2010

Yealands Estate has been judged the most environmentally-pioneering winery in the world.

The Seddon winery won the international award for sustainable wine tourism practices at the Great Wine Capitals Global Network conference in Christchurch last week.

The award recognised the winery's innovation in making its grape growing and winemaking as environmentally friendly as possible.

The network's judges said the Yealands Estate was a great ambassador for the South Island wine industry.

Winery owner Peter Yealands received the award from Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee at a gala dinner on Thursday.

"We set out with a vision of best practice from the vine to the bottle and we're delighted to have our commitment to sustainability acknowledged. We enjoy sharing our story, and what makes us different, with visitors to our winery," Mr Yealands said.

The Great Wine Capitals Global Network is a group of nine cities around the world which are internationally renowned for their wine.

Christchurch/South Island includes every South Island winemaking region and joined the network in May last year.

Yealands was the only New Zealand entry to win an international award from the network.

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