Sustainability and WiSe
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.