Environmental – Viticulture
The Freshcare Code of Practice – Environmental Viticulture Edition 2, offers wine grape growers a comprehensive, easy to follow and outcomes based environmental assurance program, specifically designed to aid in achieving and demonstrating real environmental outcomes. The ENV-VIT 2nd Edition Code of Practice can be downloaded here.
There are two sections of the Environmental Viticulture Code, outlined below:
- Scope and commitment
- Internal audit and corrective action
- Environmental action planning
- Land and soil
- Fertiliser and soil additives
The Freshcare Environmental Viticulture program is one of the recognised programs for participation in the Australian Wine Industry Sustainability initiative Entwine Australia.
Entwine provides a mechanism for Australian wine grape growers and winemakers to be acknowledged for their environmental practices according to recognised international standards.
Visit www.awri.com.au/industry_support/entwine/ for more information, including Entwine Member search, and access to the Entwine Australia resource use indicators.
It is a requirement that all businesses participating in the Freshcare ENV-VIT program, have at least one business representative complete training.
Freshcare training ensures each participating business has a full understanding of the Environmental Viticulture Code requirements, how they are applicable to their business and what needs to be implemented and prepared to demonstrate compliance at audit.
Freshcare training options include: group courses and one-on-one .
Details of training options and providers can be found here: Freshcare Training.
Freshcare training prepares participants for integrating the Freshcare Environmental program requirements into their business production and operating systems.
Training course materials include template record keeping documents and resource materials to provide assistance and further information.
Some elements of the ENV-VIT2 Code will require verification testing be completed. It is recommended that all verification testing be completed prior to audit.
Once the ENV-VIT program has been implemented within your business, and required records have been established, you can prepare for a third party audit to verify compliance.
To become Freshcare certified you must first successfully complete and pass an audit. To schedule a ENV-VIT audit contact the Freshcare approved Certification Bodies.
Freshcare ENV-VIT audits can be conducted at any time of year when access to growing sites and chemical stores is available. It is recommended that if you participate in both Freshcare VIT and WIN, a combined audit be arranged to offer savings in time and costs – see Combined Audits.
All Freshcare Certification Bodies have auditors who are able to audit across a number of industry standards (not just Freshcare). Therefore you may be able to schedule your Freshcare audit with other industry standards / management programs as required. To organise a combined audit you must advise the Certification Body at the time of booking.
The various Freshcare Codes of Practice have been developed for ease of integration and combined certification audits. Therefore if you are participating in more than one Freshcare program such as ENV-VIT and ENV-WIN, please advise the Certification Body when booking your audit to ensure a suitably qualified auditor is scheduled.
Once you have successfully completed an audit and resolved any corrective actions raised, a Freshcare certificate will be issued via your Certification Body.
A copy of your certificate is also available via your FreshcareOnline login.
To maintain your Freshcare ENV-VIT certification, triennial audits are required to be undertaken. It is also a requirement that businesses certified to Freshcare ENV-VIT are also registered with Entwine Australia for interim reporting.