Federation Chief Executive Paul Evans said the Federation’s Board met in Adelaide today and accepted the recommendation put forward through its Wine Industry National Environment Committee (WINEC).
“Entwine is an important national voluntary program that enables winemakers and winegrape growers to meet international standards including ISO 14001,” Mr Evans said.
“Such accreditation recognises their environmental practices and can also be important planks in their business endeavors as well as in the region’s marketing, both at home in Australia and overseas.”
McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association Chair Tom Harvey said McLaren Vale grape growers are delighted with the decision.
“Sustainability is a core focus in McLaren Vale and we hope this is the first of many initiatives that we can contribute to the Australian wine community.” Tom said.
Entwine is a voluntary national environmental assurance program available to all Australian wine companies and grape growers which began in December 2009. It was developed by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia with initial support from the Federal Government through the Caring For Our Country program and subsequent funding from the former Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation.
Entwine currently has over 700 members spread across all wine producing regions.