Our Environment

Entwine & Freshcare Accredited Sustainable Practices

Sidewood Estate is the largest fully Entwine Accredited sustainable winery in the Adelaide Hills. The accreditation through the Australian Wine Research Institute and Freshcare reflects Sidewood’s dedication and commitment to sustainable practices across the entire vineyard portfolio. Entwine Australia was set up to support growers and winemakers demonstrating and improving sustainability in their business practices through the Australian wine industry’s sustainability program.

To become a more sustainable and environmentally friendly grower Sidewood implemented 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 in timings and monitoring etc.
  • CANOPY MANAGEMENT: Mulching prunnings 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 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.