Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia

World Environment Day

Held on 5 June each year, World Environment Day aims at raising awareness and celebrating environmental action.

Here are our Ultimate Wineries doing their bit to address environmental issues and limit the effects of climate change. 

Owner's of Tahbilk Wines, the Purbrick family, have been champions of sustainable wine tourism since the early 1990s. Their vision is to ensure all negative impacts are reduced, such as damage to the natural environment, and positive impacts are increased, including local job creation, cultural heritage preservation and land conservation. Tahbilk is a carbon neutral winery, accredited since 2013 under carboNZero with Toitu Envirocare which means they undertake a transparent process of measuring emissions, reducing those emissions and offsetting residual emissions with net calculated carbon emissions equalling zero. Learn more on A Day at Tahbilk experience where your afternoon will include a Wetlands Ecology Tour accompanied by an expert guide who will walk with you through the wetlands trail and explain the work being done to save the endangered species that live in the wetlands and the impact the ecological work has on the winery and wines.

Since the late 1990s, Yalumba Wines has embarked on a comprehensive environmental program. Now with a slew of sustainable practices awards under their belts, they continually strive to reduce their impact on the environment, and make great wine with minimal intervention. Their teams are continuously trialling new ways to reduce water consumption and impact on the environment. In 2016, they installed the largest solar system in an Australian winery, and are committed to Australia’s National Packaging Targets of 100% recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025. They have developed a comprehensive program to reduce consumption and recycling waste across all of sites and are in the process of a water preservation trial that imitates the anticipated harsh conditions of climate change. Yalumba recently achieved silver membership with the International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA), and also became officially certified by the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia. See more for yourself on Yalumba's Signature Tour.

Biodynamics is at the heart of Gemtree Wines with techniques that interweave the health of the soil, vines and resident fauna and flora. Biodynamics is a way of farming that enhances the soil and the environment around it through natural improvers rather than chemical sprays. For example, instead of spraying weeds flocks of sheep eat them, and instead of spraying synthetic fertilisers cow horns are filled with fresh manure, buried then dug up months later when the manure has transformed into a rich, concentrated fertiliser. Beyond farming biodynamically and organically, Gemtree use recycled water in their vineyards and have solar panels to power the irrigation pumps, winery and cellar door. Learn more on Gemtree's Being Biodynamic experience. 
One step for a better environment today is one step toward a better future tomorrow. 

*Gemtree image credit @southaustralia