• Legacy for future generations


Over the past few years we have changed our thinking and our approach to growing grapes and making wine. The change is being driven by both philosophical and pragmatic factors but mostly by our desire to leave a legacy for future generations, an idea with resonance for any family-owned company.

Climate change has brought with it an urgent imperative to adopt environmentally sustainable practices. Our future lies in looking after the health of our soils and plants and carefully managing our precious water resources.

De Bortoli Wines is seriously committed to this new approach. We’ve gone well beyond mandatory requirements, adopting a wide range of innovative programs and practices. Water management, an ongoing move to biological farming in an increasing number of our vineyards, and a careful overhaul of our packaging and waste management practices. The ultimate – and achievable – goal is to be a 'Zero Waste Wine Company'.

The changes we’ve made in the vineyard have not only brought environmental and sustainable benefits but have also resulted in healthier fruit that produces better quality wine which, in turn, leads to a healthier bottom line. It’s a classic win-win situation.

The Australian Packing Covenant Action Plan

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a co-regulatory, not-for-profit organisation that partners with government and industry to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the Australian environment. APCO aims to reduce this impact delivered through the 13 reporting criteria and 5 performance levels of sustainable packaging.

De Bortoli Wines has been a signatory of the Covenant since 2002. Our Action Plan attempts to consider all aspects of the Australian Packaging Covenant and produces actions for all areas where we see an opportunity to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the Australian environment.

APCO Report and Action Plan

Awards & Achievements

Working for a Sustainable Future


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