Carbon Neutrality - Keith Tulloch Wine
“Viticulture and winemaking are inherently linked to the land and the climate, so we have a deep connection to the natural world that we live and work in. Climate change is affecting us now – by drinking wine that is carbon neutral people can take climate action while still enjoying the finer things in life, guilt free.”
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Carbon Neutrality

Keith Tulloch Wine is the first certified Carbon Neutral winery in the Hunter Valley.

The winery and wines are certified under the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).

Sustainability is a key part of our grape growing and winemaking. When we establish vineyards, it requires us to think of 50 and 100 year time frames, which are well within the lifespan of the vines themselves; we don’t take for granted either the work done by pioneering generations of Hunter Valley viticulturalists who established vineyards that we own and source fruit from in the 1920’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. Working with these vineyards helps us recognise the importance of sustainable agriculture.

Keith Tulloch Wine and every bottle that we produce is certified carbon neutral under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). The NCOS certification is managed by the Australian Government’s Department of Environment & Energy, which upholds the very highest standards of reporting and auditing. This is the only government endorsed program for carbon neutrality in Australia.

Carbon neutral means that our net greenhouse gas emissions – including not only carbon but other pollutants such as methane and refrigerant charges – equals zero. Some of these emissions are unavoidable using current technology, so when they are generated we purchase offsets from a strictly controlled list that the department provides. This system guarantees that the credits are being appropriately applied to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We made the decision to become a carbon neutral winery and vineyard given the future climate change and damage that we will face if carbon emissions are not reigned in, as Australian grape growers have witnessed gradual but undeniable changes to the annual growing cycle of our vines due to warming. Sustainability in viticulture relies not only on how we care for a vineyard itself, but also how we care for the environment.

We have invested in a new solar array that will provide a majority of our power needs and have offset unavoidable emissions through funding renewable energy projects; we hope that this certification will help people who enjoy our wines know that their next glass is guaranteed to be environmentally friendly.

If you have any questions about the sustainability program or how carbon neutrality works, please contact the winery. We’d love to speak to you about it further.

 

Cheers,

Alisdair Tulloch

Sustainability

We have taken measures to reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions, including:

 

  • Purchase of a 65kw solar array, providing a vast majority of our power needs
  • Changing our waste mix to maximise paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastic recycling
  • Changing single-use plastics to biodegradable or recyclable alternatives
  • Installing efficient plumbed CO2 lines for wine storage, minimising CO2 waste
  • Purchase of an electric forklift to be charged with solar power, reducing LPG use
  • New winery and irrigation processes and fittings to make water use more efficient
  • Using only organic fertiliser in the vineyard, recycling chicken manure and avoiding chemical fertilisers
  • Growing Winter cover crops in the vineyard midrows that fix nitrogen and carbon in the soil
  • Tracking & reporting sustainability metrics through the Australian Wine Research Institute’s ENTWINE program