Sidewood’s commitment to the
Sidewood Estate is the largest sustainable winery in the Adelaide Hills and has full Entwine Accreditation (Environmental Viticulture) for all four of their vineyards making them 100% sustainable.
The accreditation through the Australian Research Institute and Freshcare is a reflection of Sidewood’s dedication and commitment to sustainable practices across their entire vineyard portfolio. Entwine Australia was set up to support growers and winemakers in demonstrating and improving the sustainability of their business through the Australian wine industry’s sustainability program.
Sidewood commenced preparing for the accreditation process several years ago with a number changes being made to become a more sustainable and environmentally friendly grower with practices that include:
– SHEEP: Running sheep through the vineyard over the Autumn / Winter maintains pasture, removes hard to kill weeds and returns organic fertiliser back to the vineyard. This also reduces chemical input, machinery operations and labour to manage these areas over the winter months.
– CHEMICAL SELECTION: Continually changing products and using softer products that have minimal / no effect on the environment
– IRRIGATION PRACTICES: Implementing different practices with timings and monitoring etc.
– CANOPY MANAGEMENT: Mulching prunings back into the vineyard after pruning.
– PERMANENT PASTURES: Maintaining permanent pastures for increased insect biodiversity.
– FERTILISER SELECTIONS: Organic / natural products vs synthetics and manufactured products.
SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT
With the support of an $856,000 grant from the Government of South Australia’s Regional Development Fund through Primary Industries and Regions SA, Sidewood also switched to solar energy in 2016 at their Nairne Winery saving 2,214 MT of carbon emissions over the lifetime of the system (15 years). The solar system provides 50% of the facility’s annual consumption.
Becoming solar powered is part of a $3.5m expansion project at Sidewood’s Nairne Winery.