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 Coonawarra 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 Deakin Estate, Artisans Blend, Sunnycliff and Woolshed still wines. The process used to make these bottles takes out considerable weight, energy and water consumption from each bottle while maintaining premium branding. The bottles have the following features:
• Lighter in weight. Our bottles used to weigh 500grams and are now 360 grams
• Narrower bottle dimensions and smaller carton size. This means a reduction in weight of shipments
and better cubic efficiency so we can fit more cases into our shipments.
• These lighter weights and smaller dimensions mean we can more efficiently move wine from Australia to our overseas markets. This improves economies of scale in logistics and reduces our fuel usage in shipments per carton.
Katnook Founder’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are bottled in OI Premium light weight bottles, reducing the weight from 580 grams to 410 grams.
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.