De Bortoli’s achievements in Sustainability include gaining a $5 million grant in 2012 to fund the installation of an energy efficient production system including renewable energy production. As a result, De Bortoli Wines became the first Australian winery to install a large-scale solar energy system.
In addition, the installation of natural gas air conditioning with heat recovery in 2018 was and is still one of the few installations of its kind in Australia.
A review of available air conditioning systems to fit out a new building resulted in purchase and installation of a heat exchange water air conditioner. This cools the air without a rise in humidity which is an issue with normal water systems. The result is effectively cooling a building using significantly less energy than a refrigerated system.