Committed to Sustainable Winemaking at our Winery in South Australia

At our Jacob’s Creek winery in South Australia, we are committed to Sustainability & Responsibility in a bid to create a world without excess. Our winery has celebrated substantial sustainability achievements and accolades in recent years, and we have set bold objectives for the future, which we are already making good progress towards.
 

At our winery in South Australia, we are proud of the milestones we have achieved to support sustainable winemaking, which include:

  • Being home to the largest combined solar winery installation in Australia and the first large wine company in Australia to achieve 100% renewable electricity. Energy company AGL has installed more than 10,300 solar panels across our two Barossa Valley wineries, with a predicted annual generation of 4,000 megawatt-hours, enough to power the equivalent of nearly 800 South Australian homes. Pernod Ricard Winemakers has also become the first wine company in South Australia to be connected to both offsite wind and solar farms as a result of a landmark 10-year Virtual Generation Agreement (VGA) with wholesale electricity retailer Flow Power. The agreement means that the remainder of our annual electricity requirements will be met by solar and wind.

 

  • In partnership with Glaciem, we are innovating with renewable technology and demonstrating world-leading sustainable winemaking with our Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Battery that integrates super-efficient ammonia refrigeration with Glaciem’s award-winning Phase Change Material energy storage that captures and stores energy and releases it when needed. South Australia’s wine industry is already one of the most innovative in the world when it comes to energy and water efficiency, but innovation tends to be focused on small-scale wineries. The collaboration between Glaciem and Pernod Ricard Winemakers proves large-scale wineries can also leverage technology to become more sustainable.
  • We have invested in water saving infrastructures and systems to reduce the amount of water used at both Rowland Flat & Richmond Grove production sites and 100% of our wastewater is recycled or reused
  • We have been ISO 14001 certified since 2001 and ensure that out winery meets the Environmental Continuous Improvement Standard
  • We hold ISO 14001 Certification, which supports our Environmental Management Systems and requires our business to: 
  1. Identify risks and implement control measures to prevent negative impacts on the environment and reduce the impact on the resources e.g. water, electricity, biodiversity etc. 
  2. Ensure robust environmental risk management procedures are in place to manage the risks associated with activities carried out in the community.
  3. Communicate our environmental policy, monitor its effectiveness and manage reviews of all these elements of the certification.
  • We aim to minimise waste wherever possible and 99% of solid and organic waste is recycled 
  • These projects have supported several award wins for Pernod Ricard Winemakers in recent years, including:
  • 2019 Drinks Business ‘Green Company of the Year’ and runner up in 2018.  This is the top award as part of the Green Awards. We won for the green initiatives being implemented across all areas of the company, down to individual employees.
  • 2020 National Energy Efficiency Awards for Leading Energy User and Integrated Clean Energy
  • 2019 South Australia Wine Industry Association's Environmental Excellence Award. Also awarded in 2015, 2016 and 2018, the South Australia Wine Industry Association’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program aims to acknowledge wine businesses that go above and beyond the basics and implement improvements in the areas of energy and carbon, land and biodiversity, water and waste.

We are committed to continuously review and improve our position and we have some big objectives in the pipeline, including a commitment to carbon net zero in our own operations by 2030. We have already developed an action plan to achieve this and are actively working to deliver it.

Our work and commitment to Sustainability & Responsibility is outlined in our Good Times from a Good Place 2030 roadmap and based on four key pillars (Nurturing Terroir, Valuing People, Circular Making and Responsible Hosting) that address all aspects of our production with clear 2030 objectives supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (see the full list of SDGs here).

Beyond the winery, we have also got some exciting Sustainability projects that support the land and home of Jacob’s Creek:

  • We are committed to developing regenerative agriculture pilot schemes to test and learn resilient agricultural practices and to progressively improve the quality of topsoil, watersheds and ecosystems
  • We are a founding member of the Wildlife for Wine program, a project focused on balancing the environment and viticulture​
  • We grow a large amount of the fruit and vegetables used at our Jacob’s Creek brand home in our very own garden onsite, and they are best practice organic
  • We have been conserving and enhancing native vegetation to support further biodiversity through the engagement of Natural Resources Management (NRM) since 2016
  • Our teams have built and installed trial Microbat Root Boxes in local vineyards.Microbats, native to Australia, are believed to contribute to biodiversity and economic benefits to our vineyards as a natural protection to pest insects.
     

We are also active contributors to the Australian wine industry and in our role as members and as a Director of  Australian Grape & Wine Inc, we have actively supported the development of wine-specific greenhouse gas emission protocols and calculators, with a stated vision to be a carbon-neutral industry by 2050.We are members of the sustainability program Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, which provides us with a robust and defensible platform to contribute to the industry’s sustainability and environmental achievements.  

Our commitment to sustainability is for the long-term and we have plenty of stories to tell, so keep an eye on our social channels for more updates on our sustainability projects.