The judges for the awards held by British magazine The Drinks Business highlighted the company’s skillful management during the pandemic, strong wine brands, and B Corporation certification.
Prestigious British magazine The Drinks Business named Viña Concha y Toro as “International Drinks Company of the Year”, thanks to its achievements during the last 12 months. Now in its 19th year, The Drinks Business Awards have become the most authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry This is the second time that Viña Concha y Toro has been named “International Drinks Company of the Year”, having also received this accolade in 2015.
“We are honored to receive this major award, which is a testament to the very successful year we have had in business terms. Without doubt, these have been challenging times, but they have also revealed new opportunities to adapt and continue increasing our efforts, giving rise to historic results and major sustainability milestones”, said Viña Concha y Toro CEO, Eduardo Guilisasti.
The award was announced at a ceremony held in London on Thursday, September 23, in the presence of some of the industry’s most influential players, and the full results report will be published in the October issue of The Drinks Business. However, chairman of the judges, editor, and Master of Wine, Patrick Schmitt, commented that “Wowing the judges for its strong brands, sustainable production, and skillful management during the pandemic, Viña Concha y Toro is clearly an increasingly global powerhouse of a wine business. Its flagship label Casillero del Diablo grew in sales during the COVID-19 trading period, while the company continued on its mission to reduce its environmental footprint, not only by striving to cut carbon emissions, but also by improving the biodiversity of its extensive vineyard operations. Among the developments picked out for particular praise this year was the fact that Viña Concha y Toro achieved B Corporation certification, which recognizes companies that meet high standards of environmental management, governance and social performance. As one judge summed up, ‘It’s a strong company, that’s growing profitably, and doing all the right things’”.
About Viña Concha y Toro
Viña Concha y Toro is a leading global company in the wine industry with more than 135 years of history. It is currently Latin America’s largest wine exporter, and one of the world’s top wine brands, with a presence in more than 130 countries. Its production origins in Chile, Argentina and the United States imbue its wines with character and identity, giving rise to a great family of unique global brands, recognized worldwide for their quality, innovation and sustainability.
The company is headquartered in Santiago de Chile, and has 12,313 hectares of vineyards planted in the main wine valleys of Chile, Argentina and the United States. It also has 13 sales offices located in its key markets around the world. In 2021, Viña Concha y Toro became a Certified B Corporation.
About The Drinks Business
Monthly magazine and website The Drinks Business, which is headquartered in the United Kingdom and published by Union Press, is the leading global drinks trade publication. With an award-winning mix of news, analysis, features, product information and statistics, The Drinks Business is the ultimate resource for anyone operating in the dynamic, ever-evolving global drinks industry.
The publication organizes several annual competitions, including The Drinks Business Awards, The Global Masters and The Green Awards.