At Deakin Estate...
At Deakin Estate we strive to be industry leaders in winegrape production. Our aim is to achieve the best from the vineyards whilst sustaining their fragile environment. We have a mutual relationship with the environment using best practice production methods, ensuring that we sustain other species and organisms – flora and fauna – with whom we share our space.
Just some of the practices used to make Deakin Estate vineyards sustainable and acknowledge our respect for the environment are listed here. Through all these management strategies we and the vineyards become mutual beneficiaries … a great wine product is achieved and a healthy environment will be sustained.
We use water wisely at all times in the vineyards … Right amount at the right time.
Our environment is semi-arid in nature; we understand our landforms' history and manage our inputs extensively with high-tech monitoring tools and computer models. Winery waste water is recycled through an extensively managed rotation crop system. It removes water through evapotranspiration and nutrition accumulations by recycling bulk matter to stock feed.
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. It is a volunteer initiative and one that Deakin Estate is very proud to be involved with in our local community.
We have locked in 40ha 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 local friends.
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
Deakin Estate has reduced its dependency on landfill
to dispose of waste produced on its site. We use a
waste bins system where waste is recycled into different streams separating plastic, glass and paper. Again washdown water is recycled to our pasture lot and is managed the same as winery waste, our workshop also has recycling facilities that captures grease and oils which is collected by other local businesses for recycling.
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.
Our reliance on chemicals has dramatically reduced over the years. Deakin Estate employs 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.
We also monitor our vineyard floor closely and identify weed populations, we do this by looking closely at plant life cycles to ascertain whether we can obtain a 'mutual' benefit before a weed species populates. We have a great understanding in our local area what constitutes an environmental weed and we work with our community to control some of these weed through our association with landcare groups of which we are members.
Lean+Green® – a Sustainable Wine Bottle Solution
All Deakin Estate still wines are now produced in bottles that are 'Lean+Green®'. The process to make these bottles takes out considerable weight, energy and water consumption from each bottle but maintain the proportions and premium image brand Deakin Estate requires.
The bottles have the following features:
• Lighter in weight, by between 18% and 21%.
• 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.
At Deakin Estate we're very pleased to be moving forward with these great innovations that will improve our sustainability. We're pleased to wear the Lean+Green® logo on our bottles as a sign of striving to better our product to consumers and improve our sustainability for the future.