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CARLO Wine Award

CARLO Wine Award - honouring environmentally conscious and outstanding wines

The international wine competition CARLO Wine Award honours outstanding achievements in sustainable wine production. The award combines various wines with sustainability attributes. Wines that can be submitted for the award range from historical grape varieties and cultivation methods to new grape varieties (so-called PIWIs) and classic and non-alcoholic wines.

The CARLO Wine Award is organised on a non-profit basis, with all proceeds going directly to species conservation projects.
The prize is awarded by Fair and Green.

Aims

The CARLO Wine Award aims to promote and recognise wineries’ commitment to sustainability. By focussing on old, classic and newly bred grape varieties, the aim is to support variety and diversity. In addition, the aim is to draw attention to historically valuable grape varieties and cultivation methods.

Diverse sustainability in viticulture

The consequences of climate change, with rising temperatures and longer periods of drought, can already be felt strongly in viticulture. The impact will continue to increase, which is why viticulture is undergoing long-term change. The focus is shifting to grape varieties that are particularly resistant and resilient to the effects of climate change or infestation by fungal diseases due to their history or new breeding. This characterises newly bred grape varieties such as Sauvignac or Cabernet Blanc. However, historical grape varieties are also considered resistant to certain pests such as the spotted-wing drosophila and botrytis. Historic grape varieties and cultivation methods are also important from a cultural and historical perspective. It is therefore important to preserve historical cultivation methods such as the field blend (Gemischter Satz), in which different grape varieties are grown together in one vineyard and harvested, pressed and fermented together. The field blend is a testimony to a diversity of grape varieties that we rarely find today. Finally, non-alcoholic wines, whose market share is currently rising rapidly, also have an important role to play in responsible wine consumption.

Submit wine now

Here you can access the online form, where you can easily enter and send all the important data about the wines you have submitted.