Sustainability

We are committed to the long term viability of our environment

Sustainability 

Peter Lehmann Wines is committed to environmental sustainability across all levels of viticulture, winemaking and operations.  We efficiently optimise the use of available resources; we limit the effects of the daily winery operations on the environment and we ensure that all materials used are recycled wherever possible.

VITICULTURE PRACTICES 

Our growers are proud of their stewardship and are committed to minimal input sustainable viticulture in order to leave their family vineyards in good shape for the next generation of family vignerons.  Read more.

WINEMAKING PRACTICES

The winery manages water use onsite with a treatment plant that processes recycled wastewater for use in cleaning machinery, barrels and tanks.  Peter Lehmann Wines seeks to reduce energy consumption during wine production to mitigate the risk of any undesirable energy being released into the atmosphere.  Greenhouse gas emissions and chemical treatments are addressed in a thorough environmental contingency plan to ensure that all winemaking procedures impose no negative threats to the environment. Read more.

PACKAGING PRACTICES

Many of the under $20 Peter Lehmann wines are bottled using lightweight recycled glass bottles, with 95% of printed labels and cardboard cartons manufactured from recycled materials. Stelvin closures also use recyclable Aluminum with our corks made from renewable resources.  Peter Lehmann is a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Mentor Program that seeks to reduce the amount of packaging materials entering the waste stream. Read more.

NON-PROCESSING PRACTICES & CARBON FOOTPRINTING

To ensure the long-term viability of the business through sustainable resource it’s important to consider not only the direct impacts of viticulture, winemaking and operations; but also those impacts from general day-to-day admin or cellar door activities ;

  • All IT equipment is energy efficient to indirectly reduce carbon emissions.
  • PLW is ‘digitalized’ in communication with recycled printing paper used where necessary onsite.
  • Water use is minimized in offices and gardens with the use of rainwater tanks and solar powered hot water systems.
  • Since 1980, PLW has planted over 7500 trees and shrubs around the Barossa, with a 1.5 hectare Eucalyptus plantation on the winery site.
  • At Cellar Door, PLW is helping to re-establish indigenous plants along the North Para River bank, and a small vegetable and herb garden exists on the grounds.
  • We are updating our vehicle fleet to increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In addition, wines sold in international markets are transported by container ship which minimises transport-related emissions.

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FOOD SAFETY – HACCP

PLW is committed to produce and supply safe food products that meet the needs of our customers and any applicable legislative requirements.  Read more.

 

For more information please contact Simon Whyatt, Manager Business Systems and Sustainability.