McLaren Vale winery Hither & Yon has become South Australia’s first carbon neutral certified wine brand, and just the third wine brand across Australia to achieve this milestone as certified by Australian Government Initiative, Climate Active.
As of 1 February 2021, both Hither & Yon’s product range and business operations have met the requirements of the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard for Organisation and Product, leading voluntary action on climate change and making an important contribution towards a low carbon future.
“We are so proud to announce our carbon neutral certification,” says Hither & Yon director, Malcolm Leask.
“Taking care of our soil and people comes first for us, and our vision for Hither & Yon has always been to make better wines with a lighter footprint.”
Established in 2011 by brothers Richard and Malcolm Leask, Hither & Yon’s carbon neutral certification comes at the start of the brand’s 10th year.
“Our family has been growing in McLaren Vale since 1980, and when Hither & Yon was born, we embarked on a land improvement program, from sustainable viticulture, to regenerative agriculture, and now carbon neutral,” says Richard.
With climate change in mind, the team are also are practicing biodiversity management on their land, re-establishing native corridors, and are well known for new grape varieties.
“Carbon neutral expresses our tenet of being winegrowers who care for our environment and community first. This year we will also be conducting changes to elements of the brand and business practice to further reduce our carbon emissions, and also keep improving our land management in order to increase carbon sequestration in our soil,” says Malcolm.
Hither & Yon’s home vineyards are in the foothills of McLaren Vale, and their boutique cellar door is situated in the village of Willunga.
Climate Active is an ongoing partnership between the Australian Government and Australian businesses to drive voluntary climate action. The brand represents Australia’s collective effort to measure, reduce, and offset carbon emissions to lessen our negative impact on the environment.
The certification is a new iteration of the Australian Government’s carbon neutral certification that better reflects the role that government, business and community have to play in working together to address climate change.
The Climate Active initiative and Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard supports and guides businesses as they account for and reduce carbon emissions. The Climate Active stamp helps the community take action by making it easier to identify and choose brands that are making a real difference. It’s about making good decisions today, for a more sustainable tomorrow.
The Climate Active carbon neutral certification is one of the most rigorous in the world, and has been available to Australian businesses since 2010.