15/09/2023 South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) article by Mark Gishen
Orbis Wines, Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Eden Hall Wines have been named the winners of the 2023 Environmental Excellence Awards.
Presented by the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA), these awards honour wine businesses that have made significant contributions to environmental management.
In the Small-Medium Winery Category, Orbis Wines was recognised for their work on sustainability and circularity across the entire value chain, including a completely off-grid winery and local deliveries of wine to customers made in an electric vehicle powered by the winery solar panels.
In the Large Winery Category, Pernod Ricard Winemakers was recognised for their sustainability framework and roadmap, which includes sustainable packaging programs to deliver their targets for 100% recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging by 2025.
In the Viticulture Category, Eden Hall Wines was recognised for enhancing vineyard biodiversity and creating resilient landscapes, including remnant native vegetation preservation and expansion, planting of native grasses and plants, composting and mulching.
“These initiatives are examples of the wine industry’s environmental stewardship,” said Inca Lee, Chief Executive of SAWIA.
“All entrants have undertaken significant efforts towards environmental sustainability, with impacts reaching far beyond the company gate. This includes advances in water conservation, renewable energy, emissions reduction, wine packaging and biodiversity conservation.
“By sharing success stories in environmental management and recognising outstanding achievements, we can collectively inspire and drive progress.”
SAWIA thanks and acknowledges all award entrants and the award sponsors for 2023: Green Industries SA, Tarac and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.
SAWIA article by Mark Gishen