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Established in 1886, Angove Family Winemakers is one of the oldest family owned and operated wine companies in Australia – a statement in sustainability.
With 5 generations of involvement and an expectation of many more, there is a strongly held belief that all activities undertaken must be sustainable now and into the future.
Angove Family Winemakers are certified organic, and members of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia and the Australian Packaging Covenant.
By listening to employees, suppliers, agents, customers and relevant Government departments, the Angove family have developed sound environmental practices and procedures, ensuring the company exceeds all relevant environmental legislations – not because they must but because they want to.
Angove Family Winemakers actively support and are involved in the development of environmental policies and initiatives for the Australian Wine Industry through being a founding member of the Wine Industry Sector Agreement on Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas reduction.
Protecting the environment and conserving natural resources, whilst still ensuring they grow the highest quality grapes and craft the best wine possible is at the core of all Angove Family Winemakers activities.
As one of the largest employers in the Riverland region, Angove Family Winemakers play a significant role in the local community through job creation, supporting local business and working on community issues.
In each area of their operations Angove Family Winemakers is focused on undertaking real actions and investment to positively benefit the environment while investigating future opportunities and strategies to measure overall business impact.
Conversion of all vineyards to drip irrigation has resulted in 25% less water consumption per hectare. Rainwater is captured and stored for future use as process water within the winery, which reduces reliance on ever-dwindling river flows.
The upgrade of irrigation pumps with variable speed drives has reduced power consumption by 25%.
Complete insulation of tanks and barrel stores has greatly reduced heat loss and energy use.
The installation of a 200kW solar system at the winery covers 50% of peak time power use whilst a 30Kw system at our McLaren Vale Cellar Door covers 100% of power use. Both will feedback into the grid when there is excess capacity.
Conversion of winery boilers to LPG has reduced CO2 emissions by 27%.
LED lighting, that uses 90% less energy than previous lighting, has been installed throughout the entire winery, including offices, warehouses, barrel stores and tank farms.
Under vine mulching has utilised winery waste and serves to inhibited weed growth at the same time as returning vital carbon to the soil. Winery wastewater is reused in a woodlot planted to native species. This woodlot provides a carbon sink for the winery activities, is rehabilitating a salt scald and provides a native habitat. Investment in centrifuge and crossflow filtration technology to clarify wine without the use of diatomaceous earth or perlite filter aids has minimized the use of these products and prevented over 150 tonnes of waste goimg to landfill.
Organic and Biodynamic Viticulture
Angove Family Winemakers began their journey in organic viticulture in 2007. The entire 260 hectares of Nanya Vineyard in the Riverland is now fully certified organic, the Warboys Vineyard adjacent to the McLaren Vale Cellar Door is certified organic and biodynamic and the recently acquired Angels Rise Vineyard, sited above the village of Clarendon in McLaren Vale, began conversion to in 2021.
Angove Family Winemakers is a member of the National Packaging Covenant and has a strong commitment to recycling all packaging materials including glass, cardboard, paper, plastics and label backings with systems in place to ensure efficient handling and collection of all items for recycling. Light weight bottles that use 40% less glass and deliver a reduction of CO2 per bottle of more than 15% has been introduced in certain lines.
These actions together with ongoing research and investment place us in a good position to manage our carbon footprint and be sustainable today and into the future.