McLaren Vale Sustainable farming and World Heritage bids

McLaren Vale Sustainable farming and World Heritage bids

Sustainable Australia Winegrowing in McLaren Vale -SAW

The definition of Sustainable is seperated into three pillars, all very relevant to our Sustainable initiative in McLaren Vale.

Environmental sustainability is the ability to maintain rates of renewable resource harvest, pollution creation, and non-renewable resource depletion that can be continued indefinitely.

Economic sustainability is the ability to support a defined level of economic production indefinitely.

Social sustainability is the ability of a social system, such as a country, to function at a defined level of social well being indefinitely.

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In the early 2000’s, after a visit from Dr. Clifford Ohmart, who had developed California’s first ever third party certified sustainable winegrowing program, the Lodi Rulesthe innovative winegrowers of the McLaren Vale were inspired to develop their own version of a sustainability program, which would, ‘improve viticultural practices, fruit quality and the financial viability of the region’. Led by local winegrower and academic, James Hook, many of McLaren Vale winegrowers initiated a series of informal seminars and workshops to help improve viticultural practices. They started a growers bulletin called Crop Watch, that provides, amongst other things, information from nine weather monitoring stations throughout the region, as well as pest and disease alerts. They also wrote a number of grower-endorsed codes of conduct on subjects such as soil and water management, pest and disease controls, and economic benchmarks.

A few years down the track, with extensive research, implementation and practices it is a solid exercise in our growing community. Watch below to see what a few of our McLaren Vale participants have to say.

Dorper sheep
Dorper sheep to keep the weeds down – Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards
Seaweed foliar spray reduces the need for harsh chemicals – Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards

 Bid for Mount Lofty World Heritage Site

Inscription of a property on the World Heritage List can produce many benefits for Australia, and in particular, for local communities.

In the case of properties such as the Tasmanian Wilderness, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage listing has featured in promotions that have resulted in greatly increased tourist visitation from overseas and within Australia.

Local communities benefit from possible increases in employment opportunities and income, as well as improved planning and management of the region. The Australian Government has focused on assisting of World Heritage properties by providing resources for strengthening management and improving interpretation and visitor facilities.

World Heritage listing also promotes local and national pride in the property and develops feelings of national responsibility to protect the area.

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Watch below to see a few insights from some of our local McLaren Vale buddies and why we think this listing would be great for our wine growing and tourist community.

Keep your fingers cross for this bid! We think it would be great for South Australia.