A to Z Wineworks

Wine

Newberg, Oregon

United States

www.atozwineworks.com

About A to Z Wineworks

A to Z Wineworks was started in 2002 by two Oregon wine industry couples, the Hatchers and the Francis Tannahills, and was immediately recognized for offering high quality wines at great value. In 2006, the group welcomed Michael Davies as winemaker resulting in more collective Oregon winemaking experience for A to Z than any other winery, experience that can make a difference in difficult vintages. Soon after, the families partnered with Gregg Popovich (NBA Head Coach of the San Antonio Spurs) and a few others to buy the 25-year-old property, REX HILL Vineyards and Winery. They reduced REX HILL production by 77%, refining and refocusing the brand to achieve the highest quality and were honored with a Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the Year award two years later.

A to Z has two viticulturists on staff and has worked with more than 100 vineyards in Oregon using biodynamic or organic principles to farm all owned or long-leased vineyards. Instead of relying on one or two estate vineyards, A to Z sources grapes from different soils and micro-climates across the state to add complexity, depth and thereby quality to the wines.

A to Z remains true to the initial mission of offering Aristocratic Wines at Democratic Prices™ that sustainably deliver the Essence of Oregon™ while building a business that is force for good, best for people and the land.

While always modeling best practices in farming and labor, now as Oregon’s largest winery, A to Z Wineworks accepts a public responsibility to set an example for environmental and social improvement. Everyone can benefit from business success if, at every level from suppliers to production to distributors to trade, practices are economically as well as environmentally and socially sound and sustainable. As businesses grow, opportunities for greater good grow with them. Bigger can be better.

The Change We Seek®

The vitality of A to Z Wineworks and its commitment to excellence invigorate and inspire best practices at every business level with its staff, partners and community in the wine industry and beyond.

Healthy environment: A to Z Wineworks tries to heal the land and foster diverse, healthy farms that can weather environmental extremes with balanced ecosystems. Certified Biodynamic farmers agree to care for everything with attention and intention because everything has consequences.

Healthy business: Likewise, the company also works to create a healthy, sustainable business that can weather difficult economic challenges. One way A to Z does this is to reduce its overall carbon footprint looking at everything that comes into the winery and all that goes out. To increase efficiencies, A to Z works with suppliers to seek improved solutions for the industry.

Healthy employees: A to Z encourages and supports professional development and personal growth. As the company grows, there are more opportunities to also support the local and broader communities both individually and as a company. If an employee leaves the company for a new challenge, they take with them an understanding of how important company culture can be and are equipped to seed or build fair and sustainable practices elsewhere.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2014
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

45
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

23
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

55
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

13
6
Overall B Score
137
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Governance: 60% of management are women

Workers: Employees paid >33% above minimum wage; Daily meals provided for workers during harvest; Cover costs of college classes for employees

Community: Employees volunteered >200 hours last year; Donated $50,000 to charity last year

Environment: Purchase from >70 L.I.V.E. certified vineyards; 60% of materials or products purchased have third party social or environmental certification

Miscellany: 

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