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Environmental – Winery


The Freshcare Code of Practice – Environmental Winery Edition 2 was developed by the Australian wine industry in conjunction with Freshcare, to sit beside the Freshcare Code of Practice – Environmental Viticulture. The Freshcare Code of Practice – Environmental Winery provides winemakers with an industry specific environmental program to assist them in gaining certification to a recognised environmental standard. The current edition (2nd Edition) of the Code of Practice can be downloaded here.

The Freshcare Code of Practice – Environmental Winery is a set of elements which outline specific practices that must be implemented and maintained in order to achieve continuous environmental improvements in wine production.

Some of the environmental elements of the code include:

  • Environmental action planning
  • Biodiversity
  • Water use
  • Waste, air, energy and fuel management

Sustainable Winegrowing Australia

The Freshcare Environmental Winery program is one of the recognised programs for participation in the Australian Wine Industry Sustainability initiative Sustainable Winegrowing Australia

Sustainable Winegrowing Australia provides a mechanism for Australian wine grape growers and winemakers to be acknowledged for their environmental practices according to recognised international standards.

Visit Sustainable Winegrowing Australia for more information, including Sustainable Winegrowing Australia Member search, and access to the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia resource use indicators.


It is a requirement that all businesses participating in the Freshcare ENV-WIN program, have at least one business representative complete training.

Freshcare training ensures each participating business has a full understanding of the Environmental Winery 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, or one-on-one.
Details of training options and providers can be found here: Freshcare Training.


Freshcare training prepares participants for integrating the program requirements into their business production and operating systems.

Training course materials include all the record keeping documents required to be kept for compliance. Resource materials are also provided for further information.

Some elements of the Code require verification testing be completed to demonstrate compliance. It is recommended that all verification testing be completed prior to audit.


Once the ENV-WIN 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-WIN audit contact the Freshcare approved Certification Bodies.

Freshcare ENV-WIN audits can be conducted at any time of year when access to all winery facilities is available. It is recommended that if you participate in both Freshcare ENV-VIT and ENV-WIN, a combined audit be arranged to offer savings in time and costs – see Combined Audits.

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-WIN certification, triennial audits are required to be undertaken. It is also a requirement that businesses certified to Freshcare ENV-WIN are also registered with Sustainable Winegrowing Australia for interim reporting.