Fillaboa Winery, situated in Salvaterra de Miño (Pontevedra), has just received the Wineries For Climate Protection (SWfCP) stamp which recognizes the winery as a sustainable winery in environmental, social and economic fields. Three of the Masaveu Family Wineries; Murua, Pagos de Araiz and Fillaboa, now hold this certificate, evidencing this winery group’s commitment to sustainability.
The SWfCP certificate, created by the Spanish Wine Federation (FEV), evaluates wineries efforts in the fight against climate change and their commitment to sustainability, focusing on four precise areas: reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), energy efficiency, reducing waste generation, correct water management and its responsible use.
Wineries for Climate Protection is the first and only specific certificate in the wine sector in terms of environmental sustainability and, its aim is to become an international reference in the wine and environmental sectors, seeking solutions and better practices for wineries.
With this winery in D.O. Rías Baixas, a total of 81 wineries in Spain hold this certificate, five of which are in the province of Pontevedra. This certificate proves the winery’s solid and measurable commitment to the environment. The WFCP certificate evaluates the wineries efforts in the fight against climate change and their commitment to sustainability, focusing on four basic pillars of activity: the reduction of the carbon footprint, energy efficiency, water management and the reduction of residues.
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Fillaboa Winery has adopted several actions and measures which have earned them this certificate Amongst which are the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the implementation of a plan of action aimed at optimizing energy demand and managing energy use, as well as making improvements in technology and procedures.
The reduction plan has been designed to guarantee a quantative decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and, consequently, the reduction of the environmental footprint, through the installation of photovoltaic systems and the implementation of good practices in the winery and the vineyards, such as, for example, the use of the phytobac system designed to degrade contaminated water by microbial means.
The winery has also implemented a plan to reduce water consumption with improvements in technology and procedures, and has also set up a plan to reduce waste by reusing discarded corks, using recyclable cling film and lighter bottles.
Masaveu Family Wineries
Fillaboa is a historical Galician estate which has remained indivisible for centuries and is one of the largest, oldest and most beautiful in Galicia and the only one that, due to its special features, forms part of the Grandes Pagos de España Association. Behind the 1,600-metre-thick stone wall that protects the property, lie the vineyards, the winery and the spectacular, reconstructed stately manor.
Fifty hectares of Albariño grape vineyards, planted on rolling slopes, form the Fillaboa estate which has a total of 74 hectares divided into 12 plots on the natural border with Portugal, alongside the Tea and Miño Rivers. The granite-based soils, Atlantic climate and mild temperatures due to the proximity of the sea, make Fillaboa a privileged place to grow the native Albariño grape.