Please do not enter this award category if you have entered the Best of Sustainable Wine Tourism Award. This category is designed to honour those properties who are striving to achieve the levels set by the Best Of … programme.
T.is award is kindly sponsored by Neville & Pamela Isdell for WWF-SA.
Entrants should answer as many questions as are relevant to their farming and land management practices. The more categories of conservation farming practices they are able to explain and illustrate, the more points they will be awarded. For each category they will need to provide evidence (record keeping & visuals – photos) of their practices and written examples. There is a facility to upload documents and photographs.
If you wish to preview the form, you may download it here. You must, however, complete and submit the form online.
- Biological farming practices. Explain and illustrate how the farm is following biological farming principles in the production of healthy soils and healthy vines? You can provide visual evidence by uploading images or provide video links that illustrate your practices – for example how the soil health has improved, what nature-based solutions are in place that reduce agrochemical usage and how mulching and the use of cover crops is reducing the water requirements (100-200 words).
- Water saving innovations. Explain and illustrate how the farm has changed their practices over time to be more water efficient? Examples can include use of mulching, cover crops to reduce water evaporation and improve soil water retention, the use of technology to improve precision of irrigation, grey water/water recycling innovations. It does not have to be big tech/infrastructure innovations, practical examples where water savings have been realized are equally important. (100-200 words)
- Restoring rivers (alien plant clearing & restoration). If there is a river, wetland or natural spring on the farm, please explain and illustrate how have been restoring the river/wetland to it’s natural state? Examples of restoration actions may include invasive alien plant clearing, replanting with indigenous river species, improving the quality and quantity of streamflow, conserving the aquatic habitat and improving biodiversity of the surrounding areas. (100 words)
- Biodiversity conservation. Please explain and illustrate what actions the farm is taking to prevent loss of biodiversity habitat, to conserve natural areas and encourage natural predators to be part of the farming system (e.g IPM methods, natural corridors for animals to move freely). (100 words)
- Ecotourism & pulling nature conservation into marketing. Please explain and illustrate how the business and the brand brings your environmental commitments into the wine tasting experience? Is it mentioned on your website and in your marketing materials? How can visitors feel and see your environmental principals? How do you communicate this to your international customers? (100 words)
- Shifting to renewable energy. Please explain and illustrate how the farm is measuring and reducing their energy usage in order to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Is there is a commitment to utilize renewable energy solutions? Please expand on this and how this has made a difference to your energy management over time. If there is a plan to shift to more sustainable energy options in future, please also explain this and when/how this will be done. (100 words)
- Reduce, reuse of waste. Please explain and illustrate what the farm is doing to reduce your waste material on-site in terms of applying the reduce, reuse, recycle principals. Small scale creative solutions as well as large scale innovations should be documented. (100 words)
Please upload any documents, brochures or photos that may support your entry. Ensure that your ENTRY NAME is included in the file name of each upload.