FAIR’N GREEN wins 2018 sustainability award

The sustainability award 2018 will be given to the sustainability management system of Fair'n Green e.V. (Bonn). The prize is awarded in the “Open category” because Fair'n Green highlights all areas of a company. A jury of scientists, consultants and practitioners consulted and decided on this year’s winner. The award ceremony will take place during the opening of Agrartage 2018 on January 24, 2018 at 9:00 am in tent A2 (booth 061) of the large machinery and equipment exhibition in Nieder-Olm.

The award-winning service is a management system that applies ecological, social and economic criteria to the sustainable development of a winery and its region in all areas of a winemaking, from cultivation, oenology and marketing to business organization and management accounting. In this case, the Fair’n Green e.V. conducts life cycle assessments with independent NGOs and is well connected to the industry's research and education institutions. The certified wineries are therefore always up to date in terms of research and development in the areas of sustainability and benefit both from the company-specific assessment, but also from possible benchmarks in the industry.

The sustainability system Fair'n Green is - regardless of the current philosophy of the winery - interesting for both conventional and organic farms. The jury particularly appreciated the network idea and the exchange between member wineries, which the association cultivates. This ensures the continuous improvement process. In addition, the certification system provides a self-explanatory label that identifies wines from sustainable viticulture. A plus for the increasing demand for sustainably produced products in Germany, but also on important export markets such as the Scandinavian countries, the USA and Asia.

So far, more than 30 wineries are certified according to the guidelines of Fair'n Green. Including many well-known German wineries, who are committed to their responsibility for the environment and for subsequent generations and thus dedicate themselves openly to sustainable winemaking.

The Sustainability Award 2018 was announced for the seventh time in a row. The intention of this competition is to reward products, systems and services that promote sustainable business practices for wine companies. The jury assesses criteria of ecological and social compatibility as well as economic aspects. The competition is an initiative of the “Verein Ehemaliger Oppenheimer Fachschüler” (VEO) and the DLR Rheinhessen-Nahe-Hunsrück as the organizer of the Agrartage in Nieder-Olm together with Rheinhessenwein e.V. The prize for sustainability was advertised again this year in the categories of viticulture, oenology , marketing and the open Category. Only exhibitors from the equipment and machinery exhibition in Nieder-Olm can apply. The applications in the categories viticulture, oenology and marketing unfortunately could not convince the jury. Essential for the award are environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and economically interesting attributes, but also the practical suitability, which the jury members put to the test for every application, since the awarded products and services should be directly applicable.


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FAIR'N GREEN gewinnt Preis für Nachhaltigkeit 2018 - Foto Alexander Sell

FAIR’N GREEN deepens cooperation with Lars Neumeister

FAIR'N GREEN deepens the cooperation with pesticide experts Lars Neumeister

Since 2014 the FAIR and GREEN e.V. association cooperates successfully with the pesticide expert Lars Neumeister, publisher of the “Pesticides Black list” for Greenpeace. More recently Mr. Neumeister is also a member of the association's advisory board and advises wineries on questions of sustainable plant protection.
Within the framework of FAIR'N GREEN, the association works with Mr. Neumeister on a modern method (Toxic Load Indicator) to evaluate and compare the potentially harmful effects of plant protection products to humans and the environment. The aim of this approach is to minimize the input of environmental toxins and to protect consumers as well as operators from negative environmental effects. FAIR'N GREEN is successfully pursuing an innovative method for the optimization of plant protection. It can be applied by all wineries, no matter which development level they are currently applying. The use of the Toxic Load Indicator allows a neutral comparison of biological and conventional plant protection. It is found that the biologically-operating wineries mostly achieve very low toxicity assessments. However, it is also shown that even nominally conventional wineries, can achieve a very low toxicity value, if managed which are competent and environmentally friendly. Due to the overall average toxicity of the copper supplements used in organic cultivation, it is possible that some 'conventional' wineries even fall below this value.
Therefore, FAIR'N GREEN is consciously working with modern ecologically operating as well as and modern 'conventional' operating wineries. The association does not believe in the sole comparison or distinction, biological vs. conventional handling, especially in the field of plant protection.
It is no longer up-to-date. Agriculture in general and viticulture in particular, must change in order to make its contribution to environmental and climate protection.
By analyzing the plant protection products used, the members of FAIR'N GREEN receive concrete indications to ensure that their plant protection is as environmentally friendly as possible. An indicator for the success of the new method is the adaption to improved spray sequences to be achieved normally within a year.

Lars Neumeister:

"FAIR'N GREEN demonstrates how pesticide reduction can take place in best practice. Herbicides are no longer supposed to be used in vineyards that can be reached mechanically. The Toxic Load Indicator shows potential improvements and serves as the yardstick for continuous advancement in the wine-growing business."
Further information on the topic of plant protection at FAIR'N GREEN can be found in the standard for sustainable viticulture of the FAIR and GREEN e.V. This prohibits, among other things, the use of all such substances, which prove to be particularly dangerous for humans and the environment. The analysis of the pesticide expert Lars Neumeister is decisive for the classification of plant protection products. Other organization such as the pesticide action network PAN, the WWF or Greenpeace work with the same criteria.




Zusammensetzung des Toxic Load Indicators

Compilation of the Toxic Load Indicator



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Carbon Neutral Wine

Die Treibhausgasemissionen der Weinherstellung und Vermarktung des Weinguts Egon Schmitt wurden von Experten der Athenga GmbH nach Maßgabe des international anerkannten Greenhouse Gas Protocols berechnet. Am Ende belief sich die CO2-Bilanz des Weinguts auf 162 Tonnen CO2-Äquivalente.

„Nur wenn man die „ökologischen Kosten“ nicht einfach externalisiert, sondern als verantwortungsvoller Unternehmer bereit ist, diese selbst zu tragen, handelt man nachhaltig“, so Jochen Schmitt.

CO2-Bilanz des Weinguts:

Auch der Jahrgang 2017 wird vollständig durch Klimaschutzprojekte kompensiert. Alle Weine des Weinguts seit 2015 gelten als co2-neutral.

Klimaschutzmaßnahmen des Weinguts

  • Ökostrom
  • Photovoltaik auf den Dächern
  • BHKW (Blockheizkraftwerk zur energieffizienten Erzeugung von elektrischem Strom und Wärme)
  • Reduktion von Flugreisen
  • Leichte Glasflaschen
  • Umweltfreundliches Verpackungsmaterial
  • Verzicht auf Mineraldünger
  • Klimaneutraler Paketversand & Spedition
  • Hybrid-PKW

„Durch Photovoltaik & KWK-Anlagen zur Energiegewinnung, Verzicht auf mineralische Stickstoffdünger, klimaneutralen Paketversand und Druckerzeugnisse minimieren wir unseren CO2-Fußabdruck soweit als möglich. Trotz aller Bemühungen verbleibt in einem Weinbaubetrieb, bedingt durch das Glas und den Dieselverbrauch der Traktoren, immer ein Überschuss an CO2-Emissionen. Diesen kompensieren wir nun durch Ankauf von Anteilen eines (UN-Goldstandard-zertifizierten) Aufforstungs-Projektes in Costa Rica, bei dem gleichzeitig durch nachhaltige Bewirtschaftung 34 gesicherte Arbeitsplätze für die Bevölkerung vor Ort geschaffen wurden. Insofern sind wir besonders stolz darauf, dass wir es mit dem Jahrgang 2016 als eines der ersten Weingüter in Deutschland geschafft haben unsere Weine CO2-neutral zu produzieren. Als deutlichen Ausdruck unseres Engagements tragen unsere Weine fortan nebenstehendes Logo auf dem Rückenetikett. Wir freuen uns sehr!“


Hier finden Sie die zugehörige Pressemitteilung.

Sustainable Wine from Germany: fair’n green

Welcome to Sustainable Wine from Germany - Welcome to FAIR'N GREEN

FAIR'N GREEN is a holistic sustainability assessment which integrates business, environmental and societal goals. All wine estates are third party audited and adhere to the fair'n green sustainability standards. We rely on a combination of consultation, review and certification. Consultatition and certification are strictly separated in two independent organisations. FAIR‘N GREEN wine estates are subject to the guidelines of the FAIR and GREEn e.V. association. These stipulate that every wine estate demonstrably establishes sustainability measures and carries them out permanently. Within the scope of the holistic approach to sustainability, the entire mangement, the outdoor operations, the cellar managment and the marketing are constantly optimized. To this end, all wine estates are annually reviewed in the scope of a management audit, the measures are documented and the success is evaluated.

New: Download and share the detailed broschure on FAIR'N GREEN Sustainable Wine here.


 „I am convinced that FAIR‘N GREEN ensures that food production happens exactly the way consumers want it to be: fair to nature and people, regional and sustainable.“

Parliamentary undersecretary Ulrich Kelber, Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

Mechthild Heil

“One not always needs to enact a new law – Everyone can do something to make the world a little bit better”

Mechthild Heil



Congresswoman Mechthild Heil, spokesperson for consumer protection of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, talks about the system for sustainable winemaking, FAIR and GREEN.

The FAIR and GREEN association receives further support from politicians: congresswoman Mechthild Heil, spokesperson for consumer protection of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, actively supports the system for sustainable winemaking in a recent press release: “Sustainability is not only a trend, but I am convinced that every single one of us, consumers just as well as businesses, can take responsibility for our environment and the society. (…) I’m happy that regional products are being developed further and winemaking in the Ahr region can improve its already outstanding reputation.

Please take into account that this statement has been translated by us and does not constitute an official translation. You may therefore find the original press release in German on the website of congresswoman Mechthild Heil.

At FAIR and GREEN, leading wineries are developing means for sustainable winemaking: Environmental protection, corporate social responsibility and modern business management go hand in hand. As of January 2015 over 20 companies have joined the FAIR and GREEN initiative and taken the comprehensive sustainability audit of 150 criteria.

Wine Expert Markus del Monego on Advisory Board

Wine Expert Markus del Monego praises FAIR'N GREEN

Markus del Monego

Markus del Monego is on the Advisory Board of FAIR and GREEN

Markus del Monego, sommelier and wine expert, praises the sustainability standard FAIR'N GREEN. Markus del Monego won the ASI Sommelier World Championship in 1998 and carries the title Master of Wine since 2003, being the first person ever to unite these titles. His goal is to give people an understanding for the appreciation of enjoyment and high quality products. To this end, del Monego became part of the Advisory Board of the FAIR'N GREEN sustainibility system.

"The concept of Fair and Green is convincing. Working sustainably becomes more and more important in wine growing, in the cellar and in sales. Being considerate of the environment and keeping it in equilibrium with social and economic aspects - that is our challenge. Acting sustainably enables a more conscious approach to wine and can increase its quality. Ideally, there will be two winners: nature and human kind." - Markus del Monego

Slow Wine Expert Kai Wagner

Slow Wine Expert Kai Wagner on the Advisory Board

Kai Wagner Beirat Fair and Green

Kai Wagner ist jetzt im Beirat von Fair and Green

Kai Wagner to FAIR and GREEN: "The ecological crisis is currently the biggest threat to humanity. An inconvenient truth, as the problem can't just simply be delegated to politics or another instance. Every individual is called upon to contribute and we're all going to have to change our lives. FAIR and GREEN is the first holisitic approach in the world of wine to counter the problem and to seek, find and implement feasible solutions. The approach is right. Now it's up to the people and their effort to let actions follow."

Kai Wagner is an author for Slow Food magazine and together with Ulrich Steger author of the first Slow Wine guide in German: "Die Avantgarde der deutschen Winzer: Slow Wine und seine Erzeuger im Porträt" ( The Avant-Garde of German Wine Growers: Slow Wine and its Producers in Portrait) . In the book. the wine experts have portrayed 46 wine growers and clarified their principles and conducts. The book's aim is to compare and make comprehensible the myriad approaches to what is good and sustainable wine. Through his experience with well-known wine growers, Mr. Wagner will actively support the development of FAIR and GREEN e.V. on the advisory board.

Ulrich Kelber

Undersecretary Ulrich Kelber champions FAIR'N GREEN

Ulrich Kelber

Ulrich Kelber, parliamentary undersecretary for the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection

"FAIR’N GREEN is one of the most exciting projects, which I learned about in the past few years. The cooperation of wine growers and scientists, i.e. theory and practice, the clear commitment to the common goal of sustainability with concurrent transparency along the way, has convinced me right off the start. That's why I support FAIR'N GREEN and advertise it in my political surroundings, so that as many people as possible look at the idea, the projects and the actors, as it might also be very useful in other areas of agriculture. I am convinced that FAIR'N GREEN ensures that food production happens exactly the way consumers want it to be: fair to nature and people, regional and sustainable."

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