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Milan: Wednesday 13 November

GRAPEGROWER & WINEMAKER’S MAN on the ground at this year’s SIMEI Dr Jim Fortune photographed Yalumba’s Cecil Camilleri receiving the medal that went with the BRIT Award from that organisation’s vice president and research director Will McClatchey (left) and Chris Chilton (right), the director of marketing at the SIMEI Sustainable Viticulture and Wine Production conference in Milan.

The award is international recognition for all the work put in by the Yalumba team.

BRIT honours organisations in the wine industry which are taking a leading role in implementing sustainable practices with its International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing. At this time, it is the only international award of its kind.

The bases for the competition include innovative sustainable practices in the categories of air, water, and land in both winegrowing and winemaking; social responsibility practices; and wine taste.

For 2013, Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, has become the first, non-US winery to win the BRIT’s Platinum, International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing.

The gold medal went to L’Olivera Winery (Spain) and there was a three-way tie for the silver medal between Vignerons de Caractère (France), Jackson Family Wines (USA), and Les Vignerons de Buzet (France).