Irrigation System/Water Management

Though the initial intention was to address a wastewater odour issue, De Bortoli reviewed the issue of salt and its influence on the irrigation systems in the Riverina. This drove a change to potassium-based chemistry in the winery resulting in utilisation of wastewater for crop farming, with De Bortoli Wines becoming one of the first Australian winery to not only resolve the wastewater odour issue but use that same water for farming.

While potassium chemistry is now the standard in many wineries, De Bortoli Wines is one of the earliest to use its wastewater to grow crops. Given the extended and record breaking drought experienced in Australia, managing our precious water resources is a continued focus.