Pernod Ricard Winemakers achieve 100 per cent renewable energy ahead of schedule

Pernod Ricard Winemakers' Robert Taddeo and Brett McKinnon in the Barossa. Photo: Ben McPherson
Pernod Ricard Winemakers' Robert Taddeo and Brett McKinnon in the Barossa. Photo: Ben McPherson

Pernod Ricard Winemakers is the first large wine company in Australia to achieve 100 per cent renewable electricity.

The global wine giant, with a base in Barossa's Rowland Flat, has achieved off the grid status ahead of schedule to ensure all wines from their iconic Australian wine brands - Jacob's Creek, St Hugo and Wyndham - are produced using electricity from renewable sources.

The major achievement is due to the completion of Australia's largest combined winery solar installation and a 10-year agreement to source renewable electricity.

Energy company AGL has installed more than 10,300 solar panels across the company's two Barossa Valley wineries, with a predicted annual generation of 4000 megawatt-hours, enough to power the equivalent of nearly 800 South Australian homes.

Pernod Ricard Winemakers has also become the first wine company in South Australia to be connected to both offsite wind and solar farms as a result of a landmark 10-year Virtual Generation Agreement (VGA) with wholesale electricity retailer Flow Power.

The agreement means that the remainder of the business' annual electricity requirements will be met by solar and wind.

Sustainability and responsibility is an important part of Pernod Ricard's global strategy, with the group recently launching its 2030 sustainability and responsibility roadmap which sets out eight ambitious goals aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Pernod Ricard Winemakers' chief operations officer Brett McKinnon said the completion of the project demonstrates their commitment to be a leader in sustainability and responsibility.

"Being sustainable and responsible is an important part of our business, particularly as producers of wine - a product that takes its character from the land where it was grown.

"We want to minimise our impact on the communities where we operate, responding to the local climate and preserving the environment for future generations to come.

"Our journey began in 2016 with a pilot solar installation after we recognised that we had a huge opportunity across our wineries to harness the power of the sun through solar panels.

Three years later, we are exceptionally proud to say that we are now sourcing all electricity from renewable sources, in alignment with our global ambition," Mr McKinnon added.

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