Sinclair’s Gully, a family run wine and ecotourism business at Norton Summit, SA has won the 2011 AdvantageSA
Hills and Coast Regional Award for Sustainability and was inducted into AdvantageSA’s Hall of Fame after
winning 3 regional awards over the past four years.
The AdvantageSA Regional Awards recognise businesses and individuals for their outstanding achievements and significant contributions, demonstrating excellence in regional leadership.
Business owners and dedicated conservationists and vignerons, Sue and Sean Delaney received the award and Sinclair’s Gully was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Gala Presentation Dinner, held at the Victor Harbor Golf Course on Friday evening.
“It is such a great honour to win this regional sustainability award and be inducted into AdvantageSA’s Hall of Fame. We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised as an industry leader by AdvantageSA for the conservation of our endangered candlebark woodland, our sustainability practices and commitment to reducing our carbon footprint.
As far as being acknowledged by our peers, it really doesn’t get any better than this” said Sue.
Sinclair’s Gully is the hills only climate action innovator and ecocertified cellar door, one of only two cellar doors in Australia to carry ecocertified accreditation. The multi-awarded property has over 150 species of native plants and 66 species of birds, many being endangered or rare.
Sinclair’s Gully employs a triple bottom line approach across all aspects of their operation. Environmental practices focus on conservation of the endangered candlebark ecosystem and the use of biodynamic vineyard practices to ensure sustainable outcomes.
Other sustainable initiatives include zero waste 100% recycling program, the onsite collection of all water and reuse of grey water on the surrounding garden, its energy efficiency program and solar power project, through to measuring and implementing strategies to reduce its carbon and ecological footprint.
Sinclair’s Gully’s major sustainability initiatives include;
Returning over 80% of their property to a sanctuary to ensure the ongoing protection and conservation of the endangered candlebark ecosystem, 55% of business electricity is generated on site from the solar power initiative, and a 43% reduction in power usage over last 3 years,
Sue said “Our sustainability initiatives have resulted in a 51% reduction in our carbon footprint over 3 years. These initiatives have not only reduced our environmental footprint, but resulted in significant cost savings, improving the business’s net profitability.”
This successful Adelaide Hills family business is recognised as an environmental leader within industry and the community at a regional and state level. They actively promote and educate businesses, local community and the general public on the importance of preserving the natural environment and demonstrate how to implement sustainable initiatives seamlessly into daily life.
“We value our community a great deal and participate in a number of environmental community projects. We are actively involved in our local landcare group, recently establishing the Morialta to Coralinga Biolink project to protect the biodiversity occurring on over 370 hectares contiguous native vegetation on private landholder’s properties in the area” said Sue.
“Visitors to our cellar door join us on our sustainability journey through interpretive experiences. They come to understand the importance of conserving the endangered candlebark ecosystem by showing visitors the bushcare work that has been completed over the past 14 years and explaining the biodynamic practices that are implemented in the vineyard.
People who come and visit get to see the sustainable land and business practices first hand. Walking through the wildflowers in spring, watching the black cockatoos fly through the candlebark forest at dusk at a summer twilight tasting, or just sitting back on the deck with a glass of wine and a platter provides a very personal and unique Australian wine and ecotourism experience, with visitors returning again and again” said Sean.
For further details contact Sue Delaney on (08) 8390 1995 or email [email protected]
Address: 288 Colonial Drive Norton Summit SA