An­gove Fam­ily Wine­mak­ers


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At An­gove Fam­ily Wine­mak­ers, we are com­mit­ted to sus­tain­abil­ity across our en­tire win­ery op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing the ar­eas of wa­ter, power and waste, or­ganic and bio­dy­namic prac­tices and in our pack­ag­ing. Our con­ver­sion to drip ir­ri­ga­tion has re­sulted in a drop in wa­ter con­sump­tion by 25 per cent per hectare, and by us­ing rain­wa­ter in the win­ery, we are re­duc­ing our re­liance on everd­win­dling river flows. By up­grad­ing our ir­ri­ga­tion pumps, we have re­duced our power use by 25 per cent, and in­su­lat­ing our tanks and bar­rel stores has min­imised heat loss and en­ergy use.

The in­stal­la­tion of a 200kw so­lar panel sys­tem at the win­ery now cov­ers 50 per cent of peak-time power, while a 30kw sys­tem at our McLaren Vale cel­lar door cov­ers 100 per cent of our power use. We have also been able to re­duce our car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by al­most 30 per cent by con­vert­ing our win­ery boil­ers to LPG. Un­der-vine mulching of win­ery waste is re­turn­ing vi­tal car­bon to the soil and waste wa­ter is used in a wood­lot planted to na­tive species. In the vines, we have con­verted 180 hectares of or­ganic vine­yards in the Riverland and McLaren Vale to or­ganic/bio­dy­namic, and we are work­ing to­wards con­vert­ing all 480 hectares to cer­ti­fied or­ganic by 2020. We cur­rently pro­duce 120,000 nine-litre cases of or­ganic wine, with plenty of op­por­tu­nity for growth. Re­cy­cling is also a key fo­cus for us across our op­er­a­tions, from our glass and card­board, to paper, plas­tics and la­bel back­ings. And by in­tro­duc­ing light-weight bot­tles, we have cut our glass use by 40 per cent, also de­liv­er­ing a re­duc­tion of car­bon diox­ide per bot­tle of more than 15 per cent on some lines. These are just some of the ways in which we are work­ing to­wards our sus­tain­abil­ity goals, which re­mains a key fo­cus for our en­tire team.

The McLaren Vale cel­lar door.

So­phie, Vic­to­ria andRichard An­gove.

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