We are committed to ensuring that our available resources are used efficiently, that any effects of our operations on the environment are minimized, and materials we use are recycled wherever possible.


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Viticulture

Minimal water used to supplement rainfall

  • Water is applied in the vineyards by efficient drippers, not overhead sprinklers.
  • Soil moisture monitoring to improve water use efficiency.  
  • Use of recycled water – winery waste & sewerage treatment works. 

Limited Use of Chemicals, Care for Soil

  • Spray regimes monitored for compliance with government and export regulations.
  • Soil structure being improved as rotary hoes are used less.
  • Annual cover crops improve soil structure & water holding ability and control weeds in between rows of vines.

Growing Vines

  • Understanding of soil types to determine requirements.
  • Trellising, pruning systems and canopy management to raise the level of leaf to fruit ratio. 


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Winemaking

Water Use

  • Waste water from washings, storm water from designated areas and some waste processing is collected for processing.

Energy Management

  • We seek to reduce energy consumption and thus lower energy related emissions and to alleviate overload on electrical transformers and circuits.
  • We monitor energy usage for different processes and particular equipment to determine actions to further reduce energy consumption.   
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Packaging

  • Green purchasing procedures
  • Reduction of packaging