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Monday, August 19, 2013

08/19 - Yalumba Wins 2013 Excellence in Sustainability Award

Slow Living Radio celebrates achievements in sustainability in winemaking with the 2013 winner of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Yalumba Wines of South Australia.

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is thrilled to announce Australia's oldest family owned winery, Yalumba is the 2013 recipient of the International Award Of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition. An internationally recognized award, wineries from around the world submitted applications documenting their sustainable programs with Yalumba being the clear winner.

This award further cements Yalumba's success as a globally recognized leader of sustainability, something that is incredibly important in all facets of their business. Yalumba is the first international winery to win this award since its inception.
Yalumba, Australia's oldest family owned winery
Cecil Stephen Camilleri
Manager, Sustainable Wine Programs
Cecil Stephen Camilleri was born and bred in Malta and currently holds the position of Manager (Sustainable Wine Programmes) at The Yalumba Wine Company. He graduated from London University in the field of plant sciences and went on to complement his applied botany degree with a masters in agricultural economics. He furthered his professional training at Deakin University (Australia) where he was awarded a post-graduate honours in rural development.

Yalumba is a part of the Negociants USA Portfolio
Negociants USA is an importer of premium Australian and New Zealand Wines of Provenance. All the brands are multigenerational and producing premium wines that display wonderful regionality and varietal character.  They represent some of Australia's icons and highly sort after brands such as Yalumba, Jim Barry Wines, Henschke, Giaconda, Vasse Felix, Wirra Wirra, Jansz Tasmania, Pewsey Vale and Langmeil. Together they represent over 20 generations and over 500 years of winemaking.


 Chris Chilton
Director of Marketing + PR
Since 2010, Chris Chilton has been the Director of Marketing and Public Relations of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). In that position, Chris’s key functions are raising awareness of the Institute both within the United States and abroad and increasing its membership base.
Skilled in creating and managing environmental and non-profit marketing programs, Chris’s activities at BRIT range from handling the marketing for BRIT’s highly touted move into its new LEED Platinum certified headquarters; to building awareness for its international awards program and managing the application processes; to building alliances with similar minded organizations, and promoting the merits of sustainability and conservation.

Will McClatchey, Ph.D.

V. P. and Director of Research
Dr. Will McClatchey, oversees BRIT Research, which includes the herbarium (plant collections), biodiversity informatics, publications and the library as well as multiple research projects.
The author of numerous scientific articles, Dr. McClatchey’s research addresses hypotheses about the evolution of patterns of human interactions with plants and ecosystems.  He has extensive research experience in the South and Western Pacific regions on questions combining plant systematics, biogeography, and ethnobiology.
McClatchey was recently received the Distinguished Economic Botanist Award from the Society for Economic Botany for his roles as an accomplished teacher, mentor, and advisor.

Melissa Mitchell
Development Director

Growing up in rural settings in the southeast United States, Melissa learned at an early age to appreciate the natural environment around her.  After studies at the University of Montevallo outside Birmingham, Alabama, Ms. Mitchell moved to Europe where she worked as a counselor with the US Army and Allied Forces as well as President of the Berlin American Women’s Club.  Among their many activities, the Club was involved in helping the children of Chernobyl as well as working to reunite parents separated by the former East German regime with their mentally disabled children.  Following that, she worked with the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and the US State Department in organizing volunteer activities for then President Bill Clinton’s July1994 visit to Berlin. 


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