Green wine

De Bortoli Wines has received a $4.8 million grant from the Federal Government’s Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program. The De Bortoli family are investing $11 million in its ‘Re-engineering our future for a carbon economy’ project that is part of it’s sustainability strategy, which has the long-term goal of being a zero waste wine company.

The company has been aiming its efforts on sustainability on the farm and in the vineyard and is now turning its attention to its production and warehousing operations in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. The project includes upgrading refrigeration, winemaking systems, packing lines and electrical and lighting systems. Plans include using non-renewable power more effectively, lowering power use across company sites and using solar power whenever possible.

 Source: ‘De Bortoli sustainability strategy gets $4.8 m grant boost’, by Rosemary Ryan

Questions for discussion

How important do you think sustainably-produced wine is to wine drinkers currently?

How important might it be in the near future?

In what ways might this project and the company’s goal of zero waste add to the De Bortoli brand and employer value proposition?