Tread Lightly wins BWI Best Value White Wine at the Nedbank Green Wine Awards
During a great summer luncheon hosted by the Nedbank Green Wine Awards, Backsberg was delighted to take home the prize for the BWI Best Value White Wine award for its Tread Lightly Chenin Blanc 2012.
This wine expresses wonderful aromas of pear, green apple and cashew on the nose while flavours of crisp lemon give the wine a balanced acidity with a lingering finish.
The wine forms part of the Tread Lightly by Backsberg range and is packaged in PET bottles, reducing the bottle weight dramatically and thereby resulting in a much lower carbon footprint. The bottle is also fully recyclable.
Backsberg is one of the few wineries in South Africa to boast WWF Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) champion status and is the first wine farm in South Africa to be carbon neutral. Backsberg focuses on making an impact on lowering their carbon emissions through changing farming practices, wine production and distribution.
This way of thinking can be found in every aspect of Backsbergs’ projects, from installing drip-irrigation, planting vine rows closer together to reduce tractor mileage, scaling down to smaller farm vehicles, building skylights in the winery for natural light, converting all lighting to LED, using clean river water where possible in the public areas, the list goes on.
The next stage of Backsbergs’ plans focuses on becoming fully self-sufficient from an energy stand-point. The farm is in the process of looking at projects that involve fuel and electricity production, with the ultimate aim of going off the grid.
The Tread Lightly by Backsberg range gained the title of Best Value White Wine as it offers superb value and quality wines coupled with great drinking pleasure.