SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability

Our bottle labels feature some of the wildlife seen around the vineyard and winery and represent our sympathetic approach to our environment. We are firmly committed to ‘best practices’ in vineyard management and winery processes as we strive to reduce our Carbon footprint. Read about our progress in our Blog.

These include:

  • 100% green energy use in our winery, in part supplied by our own array of 159 solar panels.  The size of our array means we export a signficant amount of solar energy to the grid, contributing to the overall growth in green energy use by others.
  • Extensive insulation of our winery and bottle store to minimize energy consumption
  • Adaptation of wine making practices to significantly reduce on-site energy use.   We have halved our energy use over the last few years.
  • Year-round maintenance of grass cover in alleys and headlands to reduce soil erosion and compaction.
  • Use of sheep over winter in the vineyard to control ground cover and provide manure
  • Under vine cultivation to reduce use of herbicides
  • Mulching of all vine prunings in the vineyard alleys to add back soil nutrients and organic matter so reducing our need for additional inputs
  • Application of green compost to improve soil structure and fertility.  We are also now planting ‘green manures’ to further build our soils organic matter levels.
  • Extensive soil nutrient mapping and band application equipment ensure we only add chemical nutrients exactly when and where required.