McLaren Vale unveils sustainability results

McLaren Vale last night, released the results of the first assessment of the regions world-class sustainability program, McLaren Vale Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (MVSWGA) at a community event held at the McLaren Vale Bocce Club attended by approximately 100 people.

Industry representatives on the night included Damien Griffante, Entwine; Elise Le Page-King and staff, AUSQUAL; Danni Oliver, CSIRO; Lynn Chamberlain and Stephen Smith, DEWNR; Elise Hayes, GWRDC; Lawrie Stanford and Simon Berry, WGGA; Marcel Essling, AWRI.
The release of the results are a significant milestone for the program, which is one of the finest programs for viticultural sustainability in the world, and one which the McLaren Vale growers have embraced.
Belinda Bramley, Peter Hayes, Irina Santigo, Peter Ali & Damien Griffante

McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism Association (MVGWTA) Chairman Peter Hayes said that “Uptake of MVSWGA and the results generated have certainly exceeded expectation and to have achieved better than 30% participation in each of these key measures is an exceptional result in the first full year of the program,”
Remarkably, participation in MVSWGA has grown 112.2% in the past 12 months, from 41 growers in 2011 to 87 in 2012, representing a 158.9% growth in vineyard area.

The total area of vineyard reported by MVSWGA members was 2,255 hectares, an impressive 30.2% of the total McLaren Vale vineyard area. Winegrape tonnage reported was 11,905 tonnes from a total regional harvest of 31,775t, or 37.5% of the region’s winegrape crop for 2012.

Click here to download the regional results.