Crittenden Estate’s sustainable approach to winemaking has seen it named the overall platinum winner of the 2020 Botanical Research Institute of Texas/International Federation of Wines and Spirits International Sustainable Winegrowing Competition. This US-based competition assesses wineries from all over the world for their sustainability programs and wine quality.
The past decade has seen Crittenden Estate embrace new ways of caring for the soil, including the abandonment of all chemicals in favour of an innovative program of inter-row cropping of peas and oats, as well as undertaking a 12-month composting regimen that has led to significant improvements in soil health.
Other recent projects include the introduction of bees for the pollination of desirable fruiting trees, reducing greenhouse emissions and energy costs by 60 per cent with the installation of solar panels, and water reclamation reuse through the property’s water treatment plant.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Sam Hearn said the Shire was proud of Crittenden’s success. “This recognition demonstrates Crittenden’s commitment in bringing sustainable winemaking practices to the Mornington Peninsula and leading the way for other local winemakers,” Cr Hearn said. “It is encouraging to see their passion and efforts making a difference now and into the future. It’s certainly a well-deserved achievement.”