2012 Sustainable Winegrowing Award Call for Entries Botanical Research Institute of Texas

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BRIT® calls for entries to its 2012 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing which recognizes a winegrower and winemaker that reflects BRIT's core principles of conservation, sustainability, and wise stewardship of the land.

2012 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing

Established in 2010, BRIT's International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing
honors organizations in the wine industry that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability in both winegrowing and winemaking.

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas is accepting nominations for its 2012 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing. The completed submission (application and wine sample) is due on or before March 31, 2012.

The award will be presented at BRIT’s annual fundraiser, Fête du Vin Wine Dinner and Auction on Saturday, October 6, 2012, in Fort Worth. Guests at the black-tie affair will raise a glass of the winemaker’s sustainably grown wine in a special salute, while enjoying a festive evening featuring haute cuisine and spectacular silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit BRIT and advance its mission to conserve our natural heritage and achieve public understanding of the value that plants bring to our lives.

Nominees are required to provide an assessment of their organization's accomplishments in sustainable winegrowing, winemaking, and social responsibility practices. They must describe their organization's conservation efforts in the vineyard and in operations: how waste is avoided, how it is reclaimed, and how the winery extends conservation efforts to its customers. They must also detail the practices they have established to maintain environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically feasible winemaking principles. A bottle of wine must be provided for a tasting by the judging committee. Because BRIT does not have an alcohol importing license, BRIT requires that all international submissions be made through the winery’s US importer/distributor.

Among the 18 criteria to be judged are seed selection, agricultural and winemaking protocols for saving water, soil conservation, saving energy, packaging protocols for waste reduction, programs for reducing carbon (CO2 e) emissions, social responsibility programs, and plans for continual improvement.

For 2011, Parducci Wine Cellars received BRIT's International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing based on its advanced sustainability standards and accomplishments. Parducci Wine Cellars is recognized as America’s greenest winery. In 2010 the award went to Hall Wines of California.

2012 Sustainable Winegrowing applications may be downloaded from the BRIT web site at http://www.brit.org.

About the Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Founded in 1987, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) based in Fort Worth, Texas, is an international, scientific research and learning center focused on conservation, knowledge sharing, and studying the diversity of plant life. BRIT conducts extensive global research, including major projects in Texas, Europe, Peru, and the Pacific Islands. In the last 10 years, BRIT scientists have located and described scores of species previously unknown to science. BRIT's herbarium is among the largest in the United States and is the largest U.S. herbarium not part of a university, botanical garden, or broader natural history museum. In the spring of 2011, BRIT moved into its new, US Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified headquarters located in the Fort Worth Cultural District. For more information, visit http://www.brit.org.

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