Ferngrove is committed to preserving its pristine environment. What’s more, we aim to honour the wonder of Frankland River by creating wines with a sense a flavour reflective of the purity of our surrounds.
In a practical sense this means we have reduced our environmental impact by rehabilitating parts of our property leaving the surroundings in a better state for the future. We promote natural biodiversity in the vineyards by using integrated pest management, which substantially reduces the need for chemicals. This means that rather than spraying weeds we look for natural solutions; putting sheep in the vineyards to help keep weeds at bay.
We have preserved a large portion of bushland surrounding our vines and where possible we have encouraged it to regenerate. These sections of bushland alongside newly planted trees help our vines by reducing salinity, and at the same time they maintain the natural Frankland River landscape.
Water is a precious commodity around here, and we pride ourselves on being as efficient as possible with this valuable resource. Drip irrigation has been installed throughout Ferngrove’s vineyards delivering water to the vines to supplement rainfall when necessary.
In July 2013 we unveiled a massive 228kW solar system with 696 panels which powers our winery with 341 000kWh every year. The result of a massive effort by our team, it is the second largest privately owned solar system in Western Australia. By reducing our reliance on black coal, this system will have long-lasting benefits for the environment.
Ferngrove Wines has been accredited in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) since 2005. The system’s purpose is to identify hazards in the production process and reduce risks anywhere from vineyard to bottle. To keep things in check, we submit to two audits annually.