“We think we’re the only commercial scale, off-grid winery in Australia,” she concludes. This is leading-edge in low impact winemaking.
The development was made possible first and foremost by the installation of a 108-panel rooftop solar array. Capable of generating 28kw of power, energy from the array is stored in a bank of gel batteries generating 81kw and is enough to power the whole site, including an electric vehicle charging point.
All water for irrigation is captured on site, either from the buildings’ rooftops, or from the dam and bore. All wine by-products are also managed on site.
“It’s quite amazing what comes out of grapes,” Fiona says. “From grape skins to rachis (wine stalks) and marc (solid waste left after crushing the juice from grapes), as well as all the yeasty liquids that come from wine.
“It’s all kept on the block and used to build up the soil structure as it composts away.”