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SA winemakers celebrate sustainability wins at SAWIAs

SA winemakers celebrate sustainability wins at SAWIAs

Yalumba, Deviation Road, Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Treasury Wine Estates have taken out trophies at the 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards. 

In presenting the awards, which in 2019 had a theme of ‘Leadership’, SAWIA Chief Executive Brian Smedley commended the entrants and noted the strength of all the applications.

“All entrants have undertaken significant efforts towards environmental sustainability with impacts beyond the company gate,” Smedley noted.

“These awards recognise and celebrate the achievements and innovations of South Australian wine companies in good environmental practice, and provide leadership and inspiration for others to benefit from improved environmental management.”

In the Viticulture category, sponsored by Primary Industries and Regions SA, the winner was Yalumba Family Winemakers for their work on projects including the establishment of innovative mid-row saltbush plantings, mulching vineyards to achieve a 25% reduction in water use, and native mallee scrub revegetation.

In the Small-Medium Winery category, sponsored by Green Industries SA, the winner was Deviation Road for their environmental initiatives that have delivered achievements in energy and water use reductions of up to 90%, elimination of winery tank cleaning chemicals, and integration of sustainable building design and eco-tourism.

In the Large Winery category, sponsored by Tarac Technologies, dual winners were announced in two sub-categories.

For Climate Change Mitigation, Pernod Ricard Winemakers was awarded for their environmental stewardship program which will enable them to achieve 100% renewable sources for supply of their electricity this year, and their community-facing program on circular making, also known as repurposing.

For Climate Change Adaptation, Treasury Wine Estates was awarded for their plan and actions in response to climate change that include investment in collaborative research and implementation of strategies in response to extreme events, water scarcity and vintage compression, as well as halving energy and water use intensity, and achieving solid waste-to-recycling rates in excess of 96%.

“These initiatives are examples of the wine industry’s good record in environmental stewardship that contributes towards South Australia’s clean and green reputation,” Smedley said.

Yalumba celebrates double win

Aside from its SAWIA Environmental Excellence Award, Yalumba was also awarded the South Australian Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism – Cellar Door Experience Award at the ceremony, held at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide.

Regarding the SAWIA Environmental Excellence Award, Yalumba Chief Viticulturist Robin Nettelbeck said: “In times where the environment is front of mind for everyone, it is a privilege that our vineyard team has been acknowledged for the enormous effort put into our extensive environmental programs,” said

“We acknowledge the commitment and ethos driven by the Hill-Smith family to sustain our environmental credentials at the highest level."

The Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout the 10 greatest wine regions in the world. The Cellar Door Experience Award recognises Yalumba for its commitment to offering exceptional wine tourism options in South Australia.

Over the last two years Yalumba’s cellar door has seen double-digit growth in visitation and an increase in spend on premium experiences.

“We’ve recently made significant changes to our tourism offerings at Yalumba to keep up with the expectations of our guests,” said Yalumba Wine Room & Events Manager Sally Johnson.

The Yalumba Wine Room has a collection of diverse offerings for guests including complimentary wine tasting, curated tasting flights, artisanal Barossa tasting plates and a variety of tours.

“Our tours have been curated to show guests the real stories behind this historic winery," said Johnson. "There truly is something for everyone."

“It’s great to be recognised as leaders in environmental excellence and tourism in our region and our state,” added Yalumba Managing Director Nick Waterman. “Tourism is a focus for many wineries and the competition is only getting stronger”.

Yalumba's Waterman was also voted in as President of SAWIA.