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Sustainability certifications increasing in Adelaide Hills

Sustainability certification multiplies in Adelaide Hills, as Nepenthe achieved ‘B Corp’ certification in February, making it the second Adelaide Hills’ winery to do so.

There are only three wine companies in Australia that are currently B Corp certified, and these include Nepenthe at Balhannah and Unico Zelo at Gumeracha.

President of Adelaide Hills wine region Alex Trescowthick said, “Building sustainability into our region’s culture is one of our strategic objectives. In 2023 we saw three-fold growth in the number of Adelaide Hills’ members gaining Sustainable Winegrowing Australia certification.”

 B Corp, which stands for Benefit for All Corporation, aims to change global culture to a better economic system in which ‘for-profit’ businesses yield benefits to people, communities, and the planet.

“We acknowledge Unico Zelo who has been an innovator in this space, having been a B Corp for four years,” said Trescowthick.

The certification is international and involves a rigorous assessment against a set of strict impact areas.

“We now congratulate the team at Nepenthe on their newly achieved status. It’s exciting to see another certified B Corp in the Adelaide Hills wine region,” said Trescowthick.

Co-owner of Unico Zelo wines  Laura Carter said, “Achieving B Corp status is challenging. B Corp broadened our understanding of sustainability to consider the impacts of our business on workers and community too.”

Nepenthe winemaker James Evers said, “By the end of 2024 we will be powered by 100% renewable energy, plus, we have a responsible enjoyment partnership with DrinkWise, a rewarding employee benefits program, increase in female leadership and an inclusive achievement- based team culture.”

The growth of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia certified vineyards in the Adelaide Hills has escalated rapidly in the last year from 7 in 2021/22 to 39 by 2022/23.

The proportion Adelaide Hills members of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia who have achieved certification under the program grew threefold from 14 per cent in 2021/22 to 48 per cent in 2022/23.

“Acknowledging the contribution of the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia certified growers to Nepenthe’s B Corp certification rewards the efforts of many people across the Adelaide Hills to aim towards a better future for all.” Said Trescowthick.



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