History and Philosophy
At Cono Sur we like doing things the natural way
Our bicycle symbolizes our strong and passionate commitment to the environment when making top quality wines. It’s the way our workers move around the vineyards every day, in order to protect the land that they work on. Sometimes returning to bicycle basics is all we need.
Integrated vineyard management
Cono Sur switches from conventional agriculture to an integrated vineyard management, a system that favours the use of natural alternatives to fertilize and to prevent and control pests and diseases.
Our vineyards go organic
We start an organic viticultural project with 40 hectares in the Colchagua Valley, which has now expanded to the San Antonio Valley. Today, Cono Sur has a total of 300 hectares under this certification.
Double ISO certification: ISO 9001 and 14001
First winery in South America to receive a double ISO certification: ISO 9.001 for quality assurance procedures, and ISO 14.001 for environmental policies.
“Clean Production Agreement” certification
Cono Sur obtains a “Clean Production Agreement” certification, an initiative promoted by the Chilean Government and the Chilean Wine Corporation.
Leyda and Peralillo Estates go organic
Our estates in Leyda, in the San Antonio Valley, and Peralillo, in the the Colchagua Valley, receive organic certification.
First winery in the world to receive the CarbonNeutral delivery Status, by neutralizing its carbon footprint produced from worldwide shipments.
“Wine, Climate Change, and Biodiversity” Project
In conjunction with the Ecology and Biodiversity Institute (EBI) at the Campo Lindo vineyards in the San Antonio Valley.
New Sustainable Development Area
- Lightweight bottles on the entry level products
- Calculation of the company’s Carbon Footprint
- ISO 14.064 certification
ISO 14064 through the CEMARS™ quality program
-Purchase of “El Encanto,” 100 hectares in Jahuel, San Felipe, in the Aconcagua Valley.
-Cono Sur becomes the first winery in the Americas and third in the world to be ISO 14064-1certified through CEMARS™, positioning itself as a leader in environmental care.
Green Company of the Year
Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery won the title of Green Company of the Year 2011, awarded by the British magazine Drinks Business at their Green Awards. Receiving this title is an important recognition of our continuous efforts to reduce our impact on the environment and an excellent addition to our green credentials.
BSCI Code of Conduct
Cono Sur becomes the first winery in South America to comply with all requirements set in the demanding BSCI´s (Business Social Compliance Initiative) code of conduct.
Created by the European Foreign Trade Association in order to establish a basis for an international social compliance monitoring system, the BSCI calls for the highest social and environmental standards.
National Code of Sustainability
Cono Sur is certified in all three areas of Chile´s Code of Sustainability:
Green: Vineyards. This addresses issues such as erosion, soil management, nutrition, handing of agrochemicals and energy, among others.
Red: Bodegas and bottling plants. This area includes saving energy, water management, contamination prevention and waste management, among others.
Orange: Social. This addresses ethics, the environment, quality of work environment, community, marketing and our compromise to consumers.
OHSAS 18.001 and ISO 50.001 Certifications
To strengthen management commitment for ensuring well-being of the workers, Viña Cono Sur implemented and certified occupational health and safety management system. And in order to strengthen the integrated management system in environmental and carbon footprint issues, it was decided to implement an energy management system, achieving certification in May 2014.
Certification: Clean Production Act
Cono Sur earned the Clean Production Act certification for its Santa Elisa estate and winery. The objective of the CPA is to achieve environmentally sound solid waste management (especially sand, filter dust, slag) from generation to its final destination, promoting waste minimization, changes in production processes, recovery, reuse and recycling; through certifiable goals and actions.