Family winery, Taylors Wines, has been named a winner at the 2010 Banksia Environmental Awards, taking out the Leading in Sustainability Award in the small to medium enterprise category.
The National Banksia Environmental Awards are regarded as the most prestigious environmental awards in Australia and Taylors Wines was the only winery recognised at this year's awards.
Taylors' Eighty Acres range is the world's first 100 per cent carbon neutral wine range and the company has implemented a number of other environmental initiatives in recent times including:
- Using O-I's new Lean+Green glass which is 40 per cent lighter than the original glass and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 15 per cent. This is used for Eighty Acres wines and new vintages of Promised Land and Taylors Estate ranges.
- Overhauling the refrigeration system and implementing energy efficient ammonia refrigeration that is expected to result in a 35 per cent energy saving for the same refrigeration capacity.
- Installing a water recycling facility that recycles 100 per cent of the waste water for re-use in the vineyards while straw spreading and computer controlled drip-fed irrigation lines help to minimise water consumption.
- Organic cultivation practices such as the introduction of sheep into the vineyards to naturally graze and reduce pesticide usage
- Supporting the formation of the community based River Wakefield Group in the Clare Valley, which has worked to regenerate the local river, control weed species and plant local indigenous vegetation to enhance biodiversity.
Taylors Wines environmental ambassador, Clinton Taylor, said "As a family winery we take a long term view of our business and place great importance on protecting the environment for future generations. From the entire Taylors family, we are honoured to accept this award and applaud all the companies and individuals who were recognised for their contributions".
The Banksia Awards were held on 15 October at the Sydney Town Hall.