By definition, sustainability never ends.
At Langmeil, it means being able to do tomorrow what we do today.
By integrating a series of initiatives into Langmeil’s daily operational, social and agricultural practices, we are determined to do our bit to protect and preserve the earth’s natural resources as we strive to make great wine with minimal intervention in our vineyards and winery.
These initiatives include:-
- Reinvigorating the North Para River. Watercourses are an important part of our ecosystem, providing a diverse range of habitats, food types and refuge for native plants and animals. Langmeil entered a program with the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Board to improve the environmental health of the Barossa’s North Para River, 800 meters of which borders our property. This program targets exotic woods and other weeds in the riparian zone of the river, with a follow up phase of revegetating with native, local plants. To date, many ash trees have been removed, and wild plants such as fennel and artichoke have been subjected to appropriate control. Re-vegetation has been undertaken, with more than 1,000 plantings to date of local provenance on and around the riverbanks.
- Water sustainability. Wineries use large amounts of water to flush and clean equipment and wine storage vessels such as barrels and tanks. In a concerted effort to minimise Langmeil’s reliance on state water supplies, we installed two x 250,000 litre rainwater tanks to complement our existing storage capacity of nearly 400,000 litres. Because our water use is spread evenly over the year, we anticipate being able to fill these new tanks twice during the winter months, making the winery 80% water sustainable.
- Installing solar to power hot water: The winery, laboratory, cellar door, administration buildings, kitchen, guest cottage, and visitor toilets are all fed from these water tanks. To complete our water sustainability initiative, two large solar hot water units were installed which today services the hot water requirements of the entire property.
- Practising Minimal Waste. Langmeil is committed to ensuring minimal wastage from the grapes we grow, purchase and process. An agreement with Barossa-based Tarac Technologies to take our pressed skins (marc) to distill for ethanol and the seeds for grape seed oil products. Any residual waste is converted into garden mulch, with the stalks recycled by a local garden supply company to make into compost.