Winter has hit the vineyard, the leaves are falling and we are approaching pruning season. Before we start pruning it can be a quieter time in the vineyard and a time to reflect on the growing season and prepare for the next.
Aaron and I signed up for the Sustainable Winegrowing course, 3 hours a week for 8 weeks. The course is in support of the world leading McLaren Vale Sustainable Wine Growing programme, put on by the McLaren Vale Grape and Wine And Tourism Association in partnership with Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Management Board.
We have been part of the McLaren Vale Sustainable wine growing program for the last 3 years. As we have been on the same bit of land for 173 years it’s something we are progressing towards.
The launch of the 2014 Season was last Wednesday at the McLaren Vale Bocce Club, other than talking sustainablility you get a bowl or two! of McLaren Vales best pasta! Yum!
Back onto sustainablility the program and course of 6 different sections – Soil Health, Nutrition and Fertiliser Management, Water Management, Waste management and Social Relations. The 2014 season has a new section – Economic Sustainablility, which we look forward to starting. All of these sections are designed for you to really think about your vineyard, not just tick boxes. 50% of McLaren Vale vineyards are clean, green and sustainable for future generations! Wouldn’t it be great in another 173 years, future Oliver’s are walking through the vineyard thinking I’m so glad somebody looked after this place.
Click here to find out more about the McLaren Vale Sustainability program.
Stay tuned for an update to what we have learnt and implemented in our vineyard.