Commitment to Environment

Adelaide Hills Wine's Environment Committee is a leader in sustainable wine growing and wine production, supporting all members to continually refine their practices and to reduce their environmental footprint.

The Adelaide Hills Wine Region is one of the most diverse wine regions in Australia in terms of climate, soil and topography. The region has an intensive landscape of hills, valleys and flats. This complex landscape creates an infinite array of micro-climates that winegrape growers skilfully match to grape varieties to produce grapes with complex and refined flavour profiles.

Overall, the region boasts reliable winter rainfall and cool dry summers creating an ideal environment for grape growing and wine making. 300 members are scattered across the Hills area, including 90 wine labels and over 50 cellar doors. The Adelaide Hills are acknowledged internationally for premium wines, viticulture and scenery, which is reflective of its unique natural environment.

The AHWR Environment Committee is actively supporting the region’s commitment of sustainable winegrowing and wine production, by supporting all members to continually refine their practices and to reduce their environmental footprint.

The AHWR is committed to leading the way as environmental custodians.

Demonstrating our commitment to the environment

The AHWR environmental projects are encapsulated within ‘Sustainable Wine Partnerships’, our 5-year strategic Environmental Management Plan:


Why is Environmental Management important for the Adelaide Hills Wine Region?

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The Adelaide Hills is in the catchment for the Adelaide metropolitan water supply and is an important environmentally sensitive area with respect to its biodiversity and water quality. The Adelaide Hills Area includes important refuges for native species that have suffered declines in other regions.
Our vision is to be early adopters and leaders in the implementation of ecologically sustainable practices across the region, with the aim of;

  • establishing world’s best practice in environmental management,
  • reducing our carbon footprint, and
  • ensuring the needs and expectations of the wider community and stakeholders are met.


The AHWR is committed to the continual improvement of the region’s environmental performance. Accelerating the adoption of ecologically sustainable practices by its members is critical to the region’s future success and the region therefore has an established Environmental Policy.
To achieve this, the AHWR has developed and is implementing a strategic 5-year Environmental Management Plan, Sustainable Wine Partnerships. The AHWR actively encourages its members to embrace and participate in the implementation process.
The AHWR actively supports the EMP project by dedicating human and financial resources to the process and providing management tools for members to meet their goals.

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Environmental Policy of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Inc:

The purpose of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region environmental policy is to define a vision for the future of the viticultural and winemaking businesses in our region.
The policy is the responsibility of Adelaide Hills Wine Region executive committee.
Within the Constitution of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region, there are clear Objectives formally established. Objective 2 includes the following:

“To ensure the sustainability of grape growing and winemaking in the Adelaide Hills Region by actively supporting:-

  • The establishment and improvement of Codes of Practice for all vineyard and winery activities.
  • Environmental awareness together with active involvement with all stakeholders affecting our businesses.”

Accordingly, the Adelaide Hills Wine Region executive committee is committed to examining key environmental issues in the region such as soil and water management and to promoting best management practices amongst its members.
The Adelaide Hills Wine Region executive committee will endeavour to achieve this by:

  • Investing resources, where necessary, to examine specific environmental issues in the region and to encourage its members to fulfil their environmental goals.
  • Supporting regular seminars for its members to assist them in making sound environmental decisions in their businesses.
  • Informing all members, business associates and contractors of the Association’s environmental expectations. The Adelaide Hills Wine

Region executive committee aims to encourage as many of its members as possible to participate in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Environmental Management System (EMS) project.
This is an EMS that has proudly been supported by the executive committee since its inception in 2007.



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