Sustainability

Creating a more sustainable future at Byrne Vineyards

A Leader in Sustainable Viticulture

Byrne Vineyards is an advocate of sustainable viticulture and winegrowing practices. Our dedication to this vision drives us to continuously implement and improve sustainability initiatives. We recognize that Australia boasts of an exquisite biodiversity and natural beauty, and we take pride in our role in preserving it for future generations.

Byrne Vineyards are proudly a certified member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia. Our ethos revolves around minimizing harm and maximizing benefits to the environment and the community. At Byrne Vineyards, sustainability is not just a buzzword, but a way of life that we are proud to champion.

Sustainability Actions

Irrigation

Automated specific-to-delivery outputs ensuring water is not wasted, as well as drip irrigation which saves water and nutrients by putting water directly into the roots of the plants.

Chemicals

Selecting products that are less hazardous to human health and the environment, while only purchasing when needed. Reducing spray drift by only doing so when conditions are optimal, and disposing of chemical containers in the correct
manner.

Energy

Pumping water efficiently to minimise electricity usage, and utilising energy efficient lighting where possible.

Soil Management

We utilise a soil management plan and monitor the property for salinity issues. If required to remove vines from salinity areas, we revegetate with native trees. Our team monitors for soil degradation or erosion to minimize further damage.

Waste

We recycle our steel, cardboard, and other recyclable items, and continually clear up old infrastructure and rubbish on the property.

Wetlands Preservation

We monitor for exotic plants and weeds, animal infestations and erosion, whilst working with Landscape SA to achieve a full dry of wetlands as appropriate.

Scotts Creek Vineyard and Wetlands

The Wetlands situated on our Scotts Creek Vineyard has been conserved since the early 1900s, when Sidney Wilcox created banks that kept the water out of the lagoon, only flooding in high rivers. As a result, our wetland was able to continue its natural cycle of wetting and drying phases, while other wetlands along the River Murray, when locks and weirs were installed, became permanently wet, resulting in salinisation of the wetlands, threatening the freshwater species living within.