Two New Wineries Join the IWCA in Fight Against Climate Change


Earlier this year, we reported on the four new winery applicants that joined the International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA), an organization formed by Torres Family Wines and Jackson Family Wines in February 2019. Two more wineries have recently joined their ranks, committing to reduce their carbon emissions: Silver Oak in California and Alma Carraovejas in Spain.

The Silver Oak tasting room in Alexander Valley

To become a member of IWCA, applicants must be powered by at least 20 percent on-site renewable energy, reduce 25 percent of CO2 emissions per unit of wine produced, and complete an annual greenhouse gas audit.

Silver Oak has built two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified production wineries, the highest level of certification from the US Green Building Council.

Alma Carraovejas combines several viticulture and gastronomic projects based on sustainability, with activities in Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Rueda and Ribeiro.

Last month, Silver Oak and Alma Carraovejas joined IWCA’s first (virtual) meeting to plan how to recruit new members and to share best practices for emission reductions. Attendees included the new members announced earlier this year: Spottswoode Estate (Napa Valley), Symington Family Estates (Portugal), VSPT Wine Group (Chile and Argentina) and Yealands Wine Group (New Zealand).

is the tasting coordinator for US wines at Wine & Spirits magazine.


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