Growing sustainable wine

Sustainable Winegrowing Australia's Impact Report highlights sustainable practices.

Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, the national sustainability program for Australian grape and wine producers, has released its latest impact report. This document provides retailers and consumers with an in-depth look at the practices involved in creating sustainable wine.

The report highlights the growing prevalence of wines bearing the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia certified trust mark. This certification assures buyers that the vineyard and winery have adhered to stringent sustainability practices, verified through independent third-party audits.

The Australian Wine Research Institute’s general manager of industry development and support Dr Mardi Longbottom said despite challenging conditions facing the Australian wine industry, they’ve seen a really positive wave of progress within the sustainable wine-growing community, with many producers being certified for the first time.

“It’s encouraging to see, and that’s why we believe from industry to the end purchaser, together we can do better and make a real impact for people and the planet,” he said.

As environmental considerations become increasingly important to consumers, a recent study has found that over half of regular wine drinkers globally only trust the sustainability of wines with official certification. The presence of a visible trust mark offers confidence, mitigating concerns about greenwashing.

“It’s encouraging to see, and that’s why we believe from industry to the end purchaser, together we can do better and make a real impact for people and the planet,” Mr Longbottom said.

For the 2023 vintage, an impressive 96.1 million bottles of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia-certified wine have been produced, with expectations of significant growth for the 2024 vintage.

The trust mark simplifies the process for consumers and retailers to identify sustainably made wine, encouraging more eco-friendly purchasing decisions.

The latest impact report from Sustainable Winegrowing Australia showcases the efforts of certified members who are achieving best practices in several key areas:

Reducing waste production and implementing recycling and reuse measures.

Enhancing energy efficiency and exploring alternative energy sources.

Prioritising water conservation through proactive planning and management.

Protecting and enhancing biodiversity on and around their properties, benefiting local communities.

Improving land and soil health by sequestering carbon, reducing emissions, and focusing on people and businesses, including staff well-being and community engagement.

This progress not only benefits the environment but also supports the local and regional communities, making sustainable winegrowing a win-win for all involved.