Thursday, April 12, 2012

Helping McLaren Vale farm ; After we are gone.

Already recognised as one of the world’s most sustainable viticultural regions, McLaren Vale has strengthen its sustainability status after region launched the world leading McLaren Vale Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, 'Sustainable Winegrowing' for short, Tuesday night.

We are really proud to have been a part of a great collaborative, open, forward looking program.
In 2005 when Lazy Ballerina's proprietor James Hook was working for MVGWTA he developed the outline of a self-assessment system for grape growers. Over the last 7 years this as developed into a system for growers to assess their operations and gain sustainable certification.

James authored the first two chapters of Sustainable Winegrowing which were peer reviewed by Dr Mike McCarthy and Dr Trevor Wicks respectively.

“Sustainable Winegrowing is the first program of its kind in Australia and we expect other regions will follow our lead and adopt the program, tailoring it to their region,” MVGWTA Chair Peter Hayes said.

“The program embraces the triple bottom line approach relating to economic, social and environmental considerations and is independent of farming systems, meaning conventional, organic and biodynamic grapegrowers alike can benefit from participating.”

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Above - The launch, held at the Bocce Club, was a huge success with more than 100 people in attendance.

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Above - Chester Osborne - d'Arenberg Wines, Stephen Strachan - WFA and Peter Hayes, MVGWTA.

For more information check out www.mclarenvale.info.

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