At Winesmiths, when we say ‘sacrifice nothing’, we believe that should include the earth too. We’ve been dedicated to our sustainable practices since 1984 and continually strive to reduce our environmental impact through our packaging, winemaking processes, and the way we give back to the land we take from.
Above Impact is estimated on total annual Winesmiths sales. 1. Scholle IPN Estimated Impact Basis, 2. CSIRO Winery Wastewater Generation Mar 2009, 3. 25% of energy generated on-site, meeting IWCA target of 20% and our wineries Next 5 targets, 4. Based on 5% of glass equivalent wine wasted after opening.
Though we don’t believe in preaching to people about their dietary choices, being 100% vegan-friendly just means less intervention when it comes to making our wines.
Typically, wine does not contain ingredients derived from animal products, however, they are often included in the refining part of the winemaking process. For several years our winemakers have been even further honing their expertise to ensure a balanced and healthy environment for our grapes to grow. This minimises the need for human and chemical intervention. Put simply, by stripping out additional processes we actually discovered better profiles for a well-rounded end result in your glass.
We believe that the healthier and more biodiverse the vineyards are, the better quality and more robust flavours emerge from our wines.
GOOD THINGS COME IN DIFFERENT PACKAGES.
We don’t shy away from the fact that some people frown upon cask wine. We’re here to change their minds by allowing the benefits for both our drinkers and the environment to speak for themselves.
- Enjoy in moderation as you please with a pack that stays fresh for longer once opened compared to bottled wine. This also saves a lot of wine from spoiling and going to waste.
- The most convenient wine to transport, whether that’s days at the beach, picnics, camping or for the caravan, Winesmiths won’t break.
- Cask easily sits upright in your fridge, ready to pour.
BETTER CHOICE FOR YOU.
- A cask box uses significantly less energy to produce, with just 13% of the carbon footprint of bottled wine.
- Our packaging is considerably lighter than glass, meaning less emissions from transport.
- Cask produces less than one fifth of post consumer waste than glass.
- Our cardboard is made from 75% recycled content, and we are actively seeking ways to recycle our bladder.
BETTER CHOICE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.
GLASS BOTTLE VS BAG-IN-BOX.
Estimated Impacts Basis: 1,000 litres of Packaged Product
SUPPORTING NATIVE VEGETATION.
For every hectare of vineyard we own, we preserve or plant at least one hectare of native vegetation on land we own. At Winesmiths this is our way of acknowledging that winemaking has to work seamlessly alongside nature, ensuring we are reinvigorating the land we take from in a sustainable way.
A BALANCED ENVIRONMENT.
Our integrated pest management systems and diversity in vegetation help to create a balanced environment that can thrive. Using an abundance of harmful chemicals not only goes against our ethos but, we believe, also diminishes the end result of the wine and stops the environment from being able to continually provide us with high-quality grapes for harvests to come.
Making wine is thirsty work, but here at Winesmiths, we repurpose 100% of our winery wastewater. This means that any water run off in our winery is collected, treated on site, and used to ultra-efficiently water our vineyards that require irrigation.
We conserve as much water as possible too. Our vineyards are planted with drought tolerant rootstock, meaning they are hardy vines and need 20% less water to thrive compared to regular vines.
SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING AUSTRALIA.
Sustainable Winegrowing Australia 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 their businesses.
Our process to be a member with SWA began in 2020 and we’re pleased to say that our 2021 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon is the first of our wines that can carry this certification.
Our aim is to have all our wines certified by the end of 2023.
INTERNATIONAL WINERIES FOR CLIMATE ACTION.
IWCA is a collaborative working group of wineries committed to reducing carbon emissions across the wine industry. The organisation was founded in 2019 by two leading wine families, Familia Torres of Spain and Jackson Family Wines of California, who are deeply rooted in environmental stewardship with a passion to preserve the world’s great wine heritage in the face of climate change.
As an applicant member to IWCA Winesmiths has completed a baseline assessment of our greenhouse gas and is committed to achieving Gold membership by reducing our emissions and working towards a net zero 2050 target.
The latest addition to our Winesmiths collection is our Organic wines that are 100% certified organic. Organic wine is made without synthetic additives, and is all about maintaining natural balance in the vineyard. The organic method reflects our overall winemaking philosophy that healthy vines create better wines, where less winemaking intervention is required and the wines are true to the variety and their natural terroir.