Founder of Yealands Wine Group, Peter Yealands received a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Drinks Business Green Awards, for his innovation and commitment to sustainable practices. Yealands’ solar array was also a runner-up in the Renewable Energy Implementation category.
He is the first New Zealander to have won this coveted award since its establishment in 2010. Some of Yealands' innovations include recyclable PET (plastic) bottles, burning of baled vine prunings for energy, special composting from grape marc and playing classical music to the vines.
“He has truly excelled throughout his career implementing many wonderful sustainable initiatives and furthering environmental and sustainable practices in the wine industry,” said Patrick Schmitt NW, editor-in-chief, The Drink Business.