As custodians of vineyards spread across Australia, our commitment to sustainability begins with caring and improving. The health of our soil and extends to all facets of our business. We strive for positive change to create a more sustainable future together.
Being a part of the DMG Group family means that we all play a role in taking care of the environment. We actively review our value chain and constantly implement new sustainable initiatives to evolve with changing regulations, or opportunities we find in the business.
We are in the process of transitioning all of our vineyards to organic certification. Our viticultural and winemaking team place paramount importance on the health and vitality of the land maximising biodiversity, natural and organic practices. As we write we have passed the first organic audit stage and are on track to be fully certified in our Mornington Peninsula and Tasmanian vineyards by 2023. The Barossa and Yarra Valley sites will be certified after this. Our Regional Selections McLaren Vale Shiraz was fully organic certified as our first Australian full organic wine released earlier this year.
We are also a member of Sustainable Wine Growing Australia. Being part of the program means our sustainability targets follow industry benchmarking guidelines and standards. Giving back to the soil is our priority, and some of our practices include (but are not limited to) seeding cover crops designed to improve soil fertility and health, integrated pest management, making our own compost, brewing compost tea, and the creation of insectariums.
The industry benchmarking provided as part of our SWA certification provides us with a tool to track and measure a philosophy of continual improvement. We choose to work with suppliers committed to sustainable practices, which reflects in the quality of our wines and spirits. As a leader of the finest wines and spirits, we aim to bring both quality and sustainably source materials to your table.
As part of our commitment, we prioritise using recycled material and environmentally friendly printing on our packaging. We have recently reviewed and updated our packaging to reflect this commitment transitioning our cartons to minimise ink coverage, improve packing formation and of course ensure the board is 100% recyclable Kraft which uses biodegradable inks and varnishes.
Our bottles use recycling-friendly colours like antique green, or flint accepted in general recycling centres. DMG Group has transitioned to lighter glass bottles and reduced packaging in our value chain. Reduced weight with our raw materials means we are saving resources and, thus, better our environment.
We are creating a new system to assess our packaging materials that follows the Australian Packaging Covenant guidelines while keeping the elegant representation of our brands.
Our retail stores aim to continually provide our visitors with a one of a kind experience. The staff minimise wastage, whether it’s packaging your online order or serving you in-store. We choose to partner with other brands that are like-minded and source their products sustainably.
We want to reward our customer’s loyalty with thoughtful gifting, and we show this by designing creative gifts like our reusable wine glasses and seasonal gift packaging. With e-commerce orders increasing in recent times, we prioritise choosing the right logistics partners that deliver safely to your doorstep and commit to reducing their carbon footprint.