Botanical Research Institute of Texas Announces 2018 Winegrowing Competition Winners

Fort Worth’s Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) announced the winners of its 2018 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition in a Jan. 14 press release.

The platinum medal was awarded to Alexander Valley Vineyards (AVV) of Healdsburg, California, based on the winery’s on-going sustainable programs that address the three elements of sustainability: environmental, economic, social – and the Vineyard’s wine taste.

Competition for BRIT’s 2018 international award began May, 2017, when wineries submitted applications documenting their sustainable programs relating to environmental, economic, and social aspects of grape growing, and wine production along with their wine samples.

As a nonprofit, international plant research and knowledge sharing organization, BRIT offers this award to help raise interest and awareness of the value plants bring to our lives and the need for biodiversity.

Presentation of the platinum award to Alexander Valley Vineyards will be made in Fort Worth on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 during BRIT’s Vine to Table dinner and auction fundraising event.

Additional BRIT sustainable awards went to:

  • Gold medals: E. & J. Gallo Winery, Modesto, California and Bodega Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Silver medal: Franciscan Estates, St. Helena, California
  • Bronze medal: Peach Creek Vineyards, College Station, Texas

BRIT’s 2019 sustainable winegrowing competition begins May 1, 2018, with the competition’s Call for Entries news release and the 2019 application is posted on the BRIT website, The submission deadline is September 1, 2018.


BRIT’s mission is to conserve our natural heritage by deepening our knowledge of the plant world and achieving public understanding of the value plants bring to life.

BRIT supports botanical solutions to address globally challenging problems ranging from pollution clean-up to sustainable food sources. By serving as a think tank and catalyst, BRIT inspires learning and forms interdisciplinary collaborations for critical research within scientific, educational, social, cultural, and business communities.

Find out more on the organization’s website. publishes every week.
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