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International effort seeks to tackle climate crisis by reducing carbon emissions

A Newberg-based winemaker is joining an international effort to tackle climate change. A to Z Wineworks, producer A to Z and REX HILL wines, is committing to addressing an issue that impacts agricultural industries around the world. The winery announced Sept. 28 that it is joining the International Wineries for Climate Action group.

The group of 12 wineries seeks to tackle the climate crisis by collectively reducing carbon emissions in its wine operations. A to Z is the first Oregon winery to join this group, a press release by the company said, and they recently signed on to join the program.

"A to Z has been committed to creating the highest quality wine for the greatest sustainable value since its beginning," Amy Prosenjak, President and CEO of A to Z Wineworks, said in the release. "That's what inspired us to become the only B Corp certified winery in 2014 and why we continue to look for new ways to raise the bar for ourselves. We're proud to be the first Oregon winery to join IWCA and hope this initiative will continue to build momentum across our state and the rest of the world."COURTESY: A TO Z WINEWORKS - President and CEO Amy Prosenjak expressed pride in A to Z joining a climate initiative.

The goal of the IWCA is to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. Meanwhile they will be completing an annual greenhouse gases inventory (audited by a third-party) which aligns with standards set by the United Nations and its "Race to Zero" campaign.

A to Z has been involved in similar efforts before, but this is the business's biggest climate-related commitment to date.

"A to Z Wineworks has implemented several sustainability practices over the years, including maintaining LIVE and Salmon-Safe certifications for the winery, farming all Estate vineyards organically and biodynamically, and transitioning to ultra-light glass bottles," the company's press release said. "In 2020 they rebuilt and reinsulated their 38-year-old REX HILL tasting room, replacing all HVAC systems for greater efficiency."

For more information on A to Z, visit its website at https://www.atozwineworks.com/.


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