What is Sustainable Winegrowing Australia?

Published on October 14, 2015

Sustainable Winegrowing Australia is Australia’s national program for grape growers and winemakers to demonstrate and continuously improve their sustainability in the vineyard and winery through the environmental, social, and economic aspects of their businesses.

The program takes a holistic approach to managing, supporting and promoting sustainability. It is administered by the Australian Wine Research Institute with governance, endorsement and active support from Australian Grape & Wine and Wine Australia.

Sustainable Winegrowing Australia is modelled on global best practices and aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with progress towards these monitored annually.

It provides a clear pathway to becoming a Certified Member, with the full support of the Australian Wine Research Institute along the way.

Certified members:

  • Commit to triennial independent audits to the Freshcare Australian Wine Industry Standards of Sustainable Practice.
  • Are identified by the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia trust mark – an assurance to customers and consumers of how the product is produced.
  • Benefit from inclusion in Wine Australia’s marketing events programs, in case studies, sustainability stories, and in Wine Australia’s education and content for customers and consumers.