Four Barossa wineries take environmental sustainability to next level

Jeremy Blanks (Tarac Technologies), Meg Oster (Green Industries SA), Kate and Hamish Laurie (Deviation Road), Tim Whetstone MP, Robert Taddeo (Pernod Ricard), Mandy Gerhardy (TWE), Scott Ashby (PIRSA) and Robin Nettlebeck (Yalumba). Photo: Supplied
Jeremy Blanks (Tarac Technologies), Meg Oster (Green Industries SA), Kate and Hamish Laurie (Deviation Road), Tim Whetstone MP, Robert Taddeo (Pernod Ricard), Mandy Gerhardy (TWE), Scott Ashby (PIRSA) and Robin Nettlebeck (Yalumba). Photo: Supplied

Yalumba Family Winemakers, Deviation Road, Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Treasury Wine Estates have brought honour to the Barossa after each brought home a 2019 Environmental Award on Friday.

Presented by the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA), this year's awards were themed 'leadership' with chief executive Brian Smedley commending the strength shown by each wine company.

"All entrants have undertaken significant efforts towards environmental sustainability with impacts beyond the company gate," Mr Smedley said.

"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 salt-bush plantings, mulching vineyards to achieve a 25 per cent 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 per cent, 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 per cent renewable sources for supply of their electricity this year, and their community-facing program on circular making, also known as re-purposing.

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 per cent.

"These initiatives are examples of the wine industry's good record in environmental stewardship that contributes towards South Australia's clean and green reputation," Mr Smedley added.