We strive to be industry leaders in sustainable viticulture and winemaking.
Our aim is to achieve the very best quality fruit from the vineyards whilst sustaining their precious environment. We adopt sustainable production methods, ensuring that we support other plant species and organisms with whom we share our space.
Our vineyards have Entwine Accreditation: Entwine Australia is the Australian wine sector's environmental assurance program which allows winemakers and wine grape growers to receive formal certification of their practices according to recognised standards.
Our Australian environment is dry by nature. We understand our landforms’ history and manage our inputs extensively with high-tech monitoring tools and computer models.
We are mindful of water quality and have joined with other groups to protect our waterways through an initiative called ‘Waterwatch’. Waterwatch Australia is a national community water quality monitoring network that encourages all Australians to become active in the protection of their waterways. Waste water from the wineries is recycled for irrigation.
At our Coonawarra vineyards, we use geographic information system technology to improve knowledge of the soils via EM38 soil surveys, cell density surveys and yield monitoring. This improves irrigation management, differential pruning within rows and improves targeting of vineyard sampling for yield estimation and maturity monitoring.
At our Red Cliffs vineyard, we have locked in 40 hectares of land that will never be used for farming. Planted with endemic flora from the region, this creates natural corridors for native fauna such as Kangaroos, the Regent parrot, Cockatiels and more of our native wildlife.
We have a longstanding area, 53ha of remnant vegetation which is managed and enhanced to represent the local endemic plant environment. We use all of the resources available to prevent wind and water erosion using practices such as minimal tillage recycling of winery waste to enhance soil properties.
Waste & Chemical Management
Our reliance on chemicals has dramatically reduced over the years. We employ a full time technician to monitor Pest and Disease populations and populations of what we call “Good Bugs” that complement our management programs. The use of safe control options in our vineyards is always first priority when considering a pest or disease control strategy.
The winery recycles its grape seeds and pulp which is collected and taken for tartaric acid extraction to a local facility. The unused portion of the waste is returned to the site and recycled into the cultural practices performed on the vineyard.
We proudly use the light and energy efficient ‘Lean+Green’ bottles for our a selection of our lower priced wines. The process to make these bottles eliminates considerable weight, energy and water consumption from each bottle, however maintaining the proportions and premium image.
These lighter weights and smaller dimensions allow us to efficiently transport wine from Australia to our overseas markets, thus improving economies of scale regarding logistics and reducing our fuel usage in shipments.
Katnook Coonawarra has installed the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) unit in the south east of South Australia. Generating 90 kilowatts, the solar PV system is capable of supplying the winery’s power needs most of the year, with supplementary power needed only during the harvest period.