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.
Australian Packing Covenant Action Plan January 2015 - December 2017
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.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
In the past few years our dedication has been recognised and rewarded.
02/11/17: Our vision to become a 'Zero Waste Winery' gained further recognition by being named as finalists in the NSW Government's Green Globe sustainability awards and the Banksia Environmental Foundation's Sustainability awards. This was to acknowledge the research and development of a unique and innovative potassium recovery technology called 'The De Bortoli Method'...Read full media release
27/09/2016: De Bortoli Wines has been award NSW's first Sustainability Advantage business to go Platinum Project certificate, in recognition of outstanding environmental leadership and commitment to innovation...Read full media release
Over a decade of dedication