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Harmony between environmental sustainability and wine industry practice is a strong commitment upheld at d'Arenberg, with the aim to pass on a sustainable business to the next generation.
d’Arenberg is proud to be certified with Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (SWA) against the Freshcare Standard, as part of an ongoing holistic approach to sustainable wine production.
Solar power, recycling, down gauging our plastic wrapping by 70% and natural disease control are a few ways we uphold our commitment to the environment that surrounds us.
In addition, selected d’Arenberg estate and leased vineyards are NASAA Certified for organic and biodynamic processes.
Ecotourism Australia is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation, established in 1991. The organisation's key program, ECO Certification, was the world’s first national ecotourism certification program, and something d'Arenberg strives to acheive in the future. Ecotourism Australia's pre-certification Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard assesses businesses according to the four pillars of sustainability: environmental impacts, socio-economic impacts, cultural impacts, and sustainable management.
Ecotourism Australia’s certification programs are acknowledged globally, and its ECO and Sustainable Tourism Certification standards are recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
d'Arenberg has successfully completed Eco Tourism's program, the Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard, achieving a total of 93%. The sectors within the Scorecard include Environmental impacts, Sustainable Management, Cultural Impacts and Socio-Economic impacts.
Selected d’Arenberg estate and leased vineyards are NASAA Certified for organic and biodynamic processes. This natural and environmentally friendly philosophy encourages strong root systems that penetrate the soil, resulting in lively tannin structures, soil characters and fine minerality. These practices also ensure that yields are kept low with concentrated flavours and excellent natural acidity. d'Arenberg also follows organic practices in winemaking processes.
Reducing carbon emissions is an important part of looking after our planet. As part of an ongoing commitment to sustainable development, we have embarked on a journey to being certified as netcarbon zero. Along with Australia’s First Families of Wine, we have made the commitment to reduce our carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, and reach our netcarbon zero targets by 2035.
Installation of a 200 kW and a 100kW solar PV generator generates approximately 30% of the electricity use of our manufacturing process and reduces greenhouse gas emissions at the site by more than 181 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide per year – a 30% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Pests and diseases are managed with careful monitoring and by reducing canopy and crop densities to minimise the use of organic fungicides and pesticides. Natvie plantings are located in the biodiversity areas of the vineyards to encourage native growth and reduce invasive species growing, encourage native insects and wildlife which reduce introduced species, pests and diseases.
Three hectares of native scrub is located next to d'Arenberg's winery as protected heritage scrub. The heritage agreement states the land is dedicated to the conservation of native vegetation and native fauna on the land. The heritage native scrub contains Eucalyptus Microcarpa trees that are part of a nationally threatened ecological community, which is listed as endangered under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Two of our vineyards are also home to native scrub which we maintain.