At Pernod Ricard Winemakers we consider ourselves caretakers of the land. Our responsibilities extend throughout the vineyards and drive sustainable viticulture practices and the protection of our ecosystems.
Jacob's Creek Restoration
For more than a decade we have been working to preserve and regenerate important sections of the Jacob’s Creek catchment. It’s a large-scale project which recognises a once-in-a-generation opportunity to return a significant amount of land to native vegetation.
Non-native plants and trees have been replaced with indigenous natives to improve biodiversity and as a result many native species of frogs, fish and waterbirds have returned to the area.
In partnership with the Natural Resource Management Board, we are also giving some vineyard land back to the project, so these special areas remain here for decades to come.
Improving energy efficiency and lowering carbon emissions is a priority, with innovative solutions introduced throughout the supply chain.
Campo Viejo Efficiencies
The Campo Viejo winery cleverly makes full use of gravity for grape reception and processing, which both reduces the need for energy and ensures the fruit reaches the fermenters in the best condition.
The split-level design of the building uses underground facilities offering consistent temperatures and stable humidity levels that reduce the need for refrigeration. It also takes advantage of the natural convection and ventilation created by the building’s north-south orientation.
Material efficiency and waste minimisation are both important considerations in our day-to-day operations.
Slimming down cardboard cartons
Our winery operations in Australia, New Zealand and Spain have been working in partnership with suppliers to improve the eco-design of cardboard packaging.
We have successfully optimised the thickness of the cardboard used while still retaining the strength required to safely transport bottles. In addition, we have also increased the recycled content of cartons, and reduced and reused secondary packaging.
With water quality and availability a significant global issue we have focused our conservation efforts across our vineyards and areas of higher water stress.
Campo Viejo Water Management
Our Campo Viejo winery has a comprehensive water saving program that delivers a consumption rate 80% below the regional average.
The program includes initiatives such as filtration and recovery of water used for bottle rinsing, hoses fitted with pistols with automatic shutoff, high pressure equipment for floor cleaning, a Clean In Place system for the sterilisation of fillers and hi-tech automated barrel cleaning.