Sus­tain­abil­ity and WiSe

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Sus­tain­abil­ity is key in ev­ery part of the wine­mak­ing process, from the vine­yards to dis­tri­bu­tion. Which means there is a fully in­te­grated en­vi­ron­men­tal and com­mer­cial sus­tain­abil­ity pro­gramme in place for the ‘120’ range.

Proof of this pro­gramme are the awards: ‘2015 Eth­i­cal Com­pany of the

Year’ from Drinks Busi­ness and the 2016 ‘Cor­po­rate Sus­tain­abil­ity Award’ from the SOFOFA Fed­er­a­tion of Chilean In­dus­try.

Com­mu­nity val­ues and work­ers’ wel­fare are equally as im­por­tant to Santa Rita, who run con­certs and events for chil­dren in the lo­cal area, and pro­vide med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties with free care for work­ers’ fam­i­lies; as well as a Wel­fare fund and Catas­tro­phe In­sur­ance and ed­u­ca­tional schol­ar­ships for both em­ploy­ees and their chil­dren.

The ‘WiSe’ (Wine Seed) project in the Maipo Val­ley is a rev­o­lu­tion­ary ap­proach by Santa Rita to ‘grow­ing wine’. This US$20 mil­lion dol­lar vine­yard re­gen­er­a­tion scheme works through a code of best prac­tices, map­ping the soil and re­plant­ing the vine­yards with the ap­pro­pri­ate clones, ac­cord­ing to the po­ten­tial of its ter­roir. Launched in 2015, the project will be rolled out to other Santa Rita vine­yards over the next five years.

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