In an important meeting of minds in late March, an agreement was signed between Wines of Chile and the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) to work together towards making Chile’s sustainability code internationally recognized.
The agreement laid out their intention to work together towards promoting the values and principles of social sustainability, which in turn will also strengthen the value of the finished wine. “This is an important recognition of the work that Wines of Chile has been developing in sustainability, and, without a doubt, it will help to position Chile’s as an international reference point for its sustainable viticulture,” said Vinos de Chile President Rene Araneda about the agreement.
As the agreement was being signed, there was also a week-long meeting with the directors of Systembolaget. These working meetings were an opportunity for Wines of Chile to work with the influential European buyers to demonstrate all that the wineries and grape producers are doing to be more sustainable and eco-friendly. “From Systembolaget we want to emphasize the importance of a sustainable development, and also we want to learn more about the local challenges through these personal meetings.”
The Systembolaget directors met with not just Wines of Chile but also many producers to brainstorm some of the most important next steps in communicating Chile’s advancement in sustainability. The outcome and advice from the meetings included: showing some of the good examples of wineries following the sustainability code, making sure the code works on all levels (including workers), and more auditing of wineries that are part of the code to check on their continued progress.
As well as the working meetings, the directors from Systembolaget spent a couple days touring Chile’s vineyards to talk with different producers on how they are implementing their sustainable measures.
By Amanda Barnes