Our strive for sustainability
SUSTAINABILITY; A WORD WE FREQUENTLY HEAR AND WE ALL NOD OUR HEADS AND SAY YES, WE MUST BE SUSTAINABLE.
Indeed, the Australian Wine industry has a commitment of net zero emissions by 2050, which is an admirable target, but how will we actually get there?
At Rob Dolan Wines we’ve always viewed sustainability holistically, making decisions that are good for the environment but also ensuring we’re considering our growers for the sustainability of the industry. But, to help achieve the industry goal, we’ve decided to make our efforts official by becoming members of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (SWA). SWA is Australia’s national program for grape growers and winemakers to demonstrate and continuously improve their sustainability in the vineyard and winery through the environmental, social and economic aspects of the business. What does this mean for us? Well, honestly, it will be a long road.
We’ll need to report on all aspects of the business biodiversity, waste output (from water to paper), resources usage, business management and much more, which is incredibly involved. Then there will be assessments and audits before we move to the next stage. We’re starting at home in the winery and will move the program out to our vineyards as soon as we can. As you can imagine, this won’t be quite as easy for us compared to wineries who manage their own vineyards. It will mean working closely with our growers to support them on the journey.
We’ll keep you updated on our sustainability journey. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.