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.


This text was translated by fair'n green. To see the original press statement please follow the link below.

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

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.

ProWein Report

In this year FAIR'N GREEN has been present as exhibitor at the fair ProWein. The aim was to introduce the system for sustainable wine. Due to the location a lot of visitors could be informed about sustainability. We got to know different visitors like winegrowers,  dealers and other persons from the wine industry. Some of the visitors were curious because they had seen the logo at a members place. In total 21 of our members were at the fair as exhibitors.

We are looking forward to the cooperation and we hope to welcome the first new members soon.


Sustainable Wine with FAIR’N GREEN



Wine Region Ahr

Estate Nelles

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Wine Estate Meyer – Näkel Ahr

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Wine Estate Jean Stodden

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Estate Kirsten

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Wine estate Nik Weis – St. Urbanshof

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Wine Estate Reverchon

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Wine estate Witwe Dr. H. Thanisch – Erben Müller Burggraef

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Nachhaltiger Weinbau bei Weingut von Hoevel

Wine Estate von Hoevel

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Wine Estate Karl Petgen

“As a modern-minded company it is really important to us to tell our customers that ...
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Wine Estate von Othegraven

“We are memebers of the FAIR’N GREEN association, because the concept of analysing the production ...
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Wine Estate Lubentiushof

“FAIR’N GREEN suits us well. The holistic and practice oriented approach of analysis of all ...
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Craftmanship at Wine Estate Clemens Busch Mosel Sustainable Wine from Germany

Wine Estate Clemens Busch

 “To me, as a long-practising organic wine grower, it is important to also integrate other ...
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Wine Estate Reinhold Haart

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Wine Estate Heymann-Loewenstein

“FAIR’N GREEN makes a significant and contemporary contribution to securing the future of German viticulture, ...
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Wine Estate Karthaeuserhof

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Wine Estate Nik Weis-St. Urbans-Hof

Wine Estate St. Urbans- Hof “For me, FAIR’N GREEN is the modern alternative to existing ...
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Wine Region Rheingau

Wine Estate Georg Breuer

“For us, sustainable work on the vineyard as well as in the social environment with ...
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Wine Estate Künstler

“I’m with FAIR’N GREEN because it’s a realistic, authentic and honest certificate – oriented towards ...
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Wine Region Nahe

Estate Bamberger

"Sustainability - the term has almost become a buzzword. But we at the wine estate ...
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Wine Estate Dönnhoff

“This holistic sustainability concept is very convincing. We are aware of our historic roots and ...
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Wine Region Rhinehesse

Wine Estate Braunewell

“Our attitude and behaviour has always been sustainability driven. It was therefore logical to show ...
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Wine Region Palatinate

Wine Estate Axel Neiss

“FAIR and GREEN corresponds with our understanding of sustainability – in the vineyard and in ...
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Sustainable Wine from Jochen Schmitt Germany

Wine Estate Egon Schmitt

„We have already been working in our vineyards according to the guidelines of the controlled ...
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Wine Estate Emil Bauer & Sons

“We want to take responsibility – not only for nature, but also for human beings ...
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Wine Estate Horcher

“There is no ‘whatever’. Every working step has to be logical. Therefore we trust in ...
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Wine Estate Karl Pfaffmann

“Excellent wines are produced only with accuracy in the vineyards consistent with nature. Hence we ...
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Sustainable Wine from Mario Zelt Germany

Wine Estate Mario Zelt

„Most of all, we were convinced by the level of detail of the FAIR’N GREEN ...
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Wine Estate Philipp Kuhn

“To me, the system “FAIR and GREEN” is important because an increasing number of customers ...
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Wine Estate Siener

"By becoming a member of FAIR'N GREEN, we want to have our sustainable production certified, ...
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Wine Region Franconia

Wine Estate Sommerhausen

„For us, membership in "fair and green" is the logical continuation of our earlier actions ...
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Wine Region Wurttemberg

Wine Estate Birkert

"For us, sustainability is more than lip service and has been actively pursued as a ...
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Wine Region Baden

Wine Estate Blankenhorn

 „In a business which has been operated by one familiy for many generations, sustainable values are not ...
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Wine Estate Domaine Pfister

“We are operating in viniculture for eight generations. It is important for us to maintain ...
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Wine Estate Berger

“FAIR’N GREEN is the right system to promote and establish sustainability in viniculture. It is important to me to create ...
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Wine Estate Thomas Leithner

"Comprehensive sustainability that goes far beyond the use of pesticides and cellar work. Maintaining what 10 generations have achieved and ...
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Wine Estate Wohlmuth

FAIR’N GREEN has convinced us with the holistic approach. Not only does it include the work in the vineyard, but ...
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Wine Estate Baumgartner

"Our sons want to continue our winery someday. We want to leave untouched vineyards to them and subsequent generations. Sustainable ...
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Estate “Zum Sternen”

The vinery “Zum Sternen” The winery “Zum Sternen” in Aargau dates back to the 13th century in its long history ...
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Wine Estate Rütihof

“Even before we took over the management of the Ruetihof winery in 2004, the topics of sustainability, ecology and environmental ...
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Buchmann Wines

The wine estate Buchmann from Wittnau is a young family-run business and the first member of FAIR’N GREEN in Switzerland ...
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Cantina Kaltern

"Small-scale viticulture has been practiced in Caldaro for centuries. Fair'n Green supports us in our endeavor to create the necessary ...
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Wine Estate Baron di Pauli

"We spare no effort nor make any compromise in our striving to create outstanding wines of character. Vineyard yields are ...
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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.