Leading the way in sustainability
The team at Cape Mentelle shares a love for the land and a deep commitment to sustainability that underpin every decision and operation.
This commitment is reflected in several forms.
IN THE VINEYARDS
SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING AUSTRALIA CERTIFIED
Committed to making sustainable wine, Cape Mentelle is a certified member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia. This Australian program is designed to encourage vineyards and wineries to consider environmental impacts of all their practices across land and soil, water, people and business, biodiversity, energy and waste. Our senior managers undertake external program training and certification requires ongoing and comprehensive auditing and reporting.
This internationally recognised Environmental Management Systems standard is designed to minimise the impact of our business operations. As a member, we are audited annually to ensure we effectively manage our environmental responsibilities and risks and develop innovative environmental objectives.
Biodiversity and eco-system conservation are at the heart of our practices with our cover cropping program promoting soil health while attracting beneficial insects for pest control.
We make our own compost with grape marc that we enrich with other components such as woodchips. The end product is applied using precision viticulture techniques to ensure that we are using this valuable product efficiently and accurately to improve soil structure and water holding capacity.
Since April 2022 we have purchased only 100% renewable energy, enabling us to reduce emissions and support our broader sustainability credentials.
IN THE WINERY
We recycle 100% of the water we use in the winery thanks to a fully self-contained rain and surface water treatment system considered a model in our region.
LOWER POWER CONSUMPTION
To reduce our power consumption, we have installed solar panels, which contribute to at least 8% of our energy needs, converted all lights to LEDs as they fail and introduced smaller mobile boiler systems to reduce the loss of thermal energy. Concrete tanks have also been installed, reducing the need for refrigeration.
ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION & ASSOCIATIONS
In 2010, Cape Mentelle was the first winery in Western Australia to obtain the Entwine accreditation. Cape Mentelle is a member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, meaning that we report annually and complete the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia workbook. Cape Mentelle is also part of the APCO (Australian Packaging Covenant) who sets a yearly action plan to make sure that our packaging keeps improving from a sustainable standpoint.
Cape Mentelle has also successfully achieved ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System certification, validation of the strong commitment Cape Mentelle has towards the protection of the environment. We are developing an environmental management system to provide assurance to our customers as well as internal stakeholders that our environmental impact is being measured and constantly improved upon, so as to reduce our carbon footprint and make a more sustainable product at all levels for generations to come.
Find here a link to our environmental policy and commitment statement
Cape Mentelle is a registered 'Friend of the Cape to Cape Track' and has adopted a section of the walking track, that includes the limestone headland, which Cape Mentelle is named after. Being a friend includes annual track maintenance, re-vegetation planting, clean-up and reporting any weed infestation.
We are a sponsor and major contributor to Nature Conservation Margaret River via an annual fundraising Outdoor Cinema night.
Cape Mentelle is committed to working with local schools assisting students with projects and community transparency regarding environmental information.
We provide continued support to the 'Our Patch' environmental education program for primary school students. This program demonstrates how landholders, from cattle farmers to vineyard owners, manage the environment and protect its future.
In 2013 on the winery tank farm roof a 28 kWp power system was installed to reduce the energy demand of the winery, decrease carbon emissions and energy costs.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION
Cape Mentelle is now a ‘Porsche Destination Charging’ partner. To further our commitment towards the environment, we forged a partnership with Porsche and installed one of their electric car chargers in our car park. This Type 2 charger can be used for EVs of any brand. You can now charge your vehicle while enjoying a visit to our cellar door.
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