VIK obtains certification under the sustainability code of the chilean wine industry
Sustainability is part of VIK’s strategic business vision, balancing economic, environmental and social concerns.
Our aim is to live in harmony with our surroundings, through the sound, careful use of natural resources and the environment, from the vineyard to our finished wines. A holistic vision and holistic vineyard management are crucial.
This year, 2022, we have obtained the “CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE WINE OF CHILE”* seal (the National Standard of the Chilean Wine Industry’s Sustainability Code), as a way of solidifying our commitment to the natural environment and ensuring that our productive, economic and social processes operate in harmony with the natural and human environment.
From the beginning, VIK has been inspired by the cycles of nature to strive for environmentally sustainable agriculture, paying due attention to all facets of this activity to achieve a balance between humans and nature. We have also fostered integration with local communities, preferring local producers as our suppliers.
This balance is faithfully reflected in our Ultra Premium wines, which we have been grown with a holistic approach for more than a decade.
Sustainability is the responsibility of all, and we all must be committed to it. For that reason, this certification is just one of our sustainability initiatives here at VIK, which Wine Enthusiast magazine has named one of 12 Chilean wineries most concerned with sustainability 365 days of the year.
Our actions in this area include:
• Using 100% renewable energy, as certified under the I-REC standard.
• Favouring products from local suppliers and SMEs. Entering into an agreement with Sernatur O’Higgins.
• Promoting the circular economy: The Barroir Project, in which our barrels are toasted with the wood of roble trees that have fallen on the hillsides of VIK park, on our estate, at more than 980 m above sea level. Reusing noble materials and extending their useful life.
• Achieving a negative CO2 footprint thanks to the many native trees on our estate.
• Employing winegrowing practices such as night-time harvesting, which cools the grapes naturally without electricity.
• Architecture that uses energy sustainably, including a water mirror that naturally cools the barrel room and a translucent roof in the winery that allows natural light to enter, reducing electricity use.