Sustainability in McLaren Vale
Sustainability in McLaren Vale
Our Journey to Sustainability
The Journey to Sustainability through Sustainable Winegrowing Australia CertificationAn update from some of McLaren Vale's viticulturists following the transition of the McLaren Vale founded Sustainable Australia Winegrowing program to the na...
In 2011 McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association (MVGWTA) introduced the Sustainable Australia Winegrowing Program (SAW) which was a result of a series of initiatives developed by MVGWTA since the early 2000’s. SAW was developed to maximise grower and regional overall sustainability, and aimed to minimise environmental impacts. The data captured and reported provided growers with the best management tool to demonstrate their performance against their regional peers and recognised best practice. The Program assessed sustainability through the triple bottom line approach (environment, economic and social) and focused on continuous improvement of the grower and the region’s results over time.
The SAW Program ran until early 2019 by which point, 72% of McLaren Vale’s area under vine used the SAW Program to assess and improve practices. Following a global review of the sustainability landscape, MVGWTA and The Australian Wine Research Institute, with support from Wine Australia and Australian Grape and Wine worked together to develop a single national sustainability program, building on the strengths of the then existing Entwine and SAW Programs.
For further information regarding Australia's national sustainability program Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, please click here.
Snapshot of Sustainability in McLaren Vale (as of 1st July 2021):
- McLaren Vale has 127 Sustainable Winegrowing Australia vineyard members (26 certified members)
- McLaren Vale has 7 Sustainable Winegrowing Australia winery members (4 certified members)
- McLaren Vale has the highest percentage of certified Biodynamic and Organic vineyards in Australia with approximately 38% of vineyards in the area certified Biodynamic and Organic*. (*source AWRI report)
- In the 1990s, McLaren Vale became Australia’s first wine region to self-impose water restrictions on its underground resources (*source Willunga Basin Water Company)
- McLaren Vale is home to the first and largest recycled water network in Australia with approximately 50% of vineyards in the region irrigated using treated reclaimed water. (*source)
McLaren Vale Sustainability Stories
- Sustainable Winegrowing Australia 2021 McLaren Vale results
- Popularity of grassroots grant sees 128% increase year on year in sustainable grape and wine certification in McLaren Vale
- McLaren Vale's green credentials drive wine industry sustainability
- Hither & Yon become first carbon neutral certified wine brand in South Australia
- Sustainable Winegrowing Australia season results puts McLaren Vale on positive trajectory
- Vineyard soil remediation – The Madgetts Block case study
- Sustainable Evolution of Gemtree Wines
- Sustainability champion earns Viticulturist of the Year
- Shingleback Wine puts sustainability at the fore with The Bio Project
- One of Australia’s largest and most successful recycled water vineyard irrigation schemes is being expanded in South Australia
- McLaren Vale's first organic producer Battle of Bosworth Wines celebrates 25 years