Entwine report for Padthaway
Grape and wine producers in the Padthaway wine region have embraced sustainability as a key priority. Entwine membership has recently grown from what was a very high level of membership at around 70% of the region’s vineyard area in 2014 to 82% in 2016.
Grape and wine production is one of the key enterprises which support the Padthaway community. In recent years, Padthaway vignerons have donated their time and resources to manage vineyard blocks which would have otherwise been mothballed. Fruit from these blocks was made into wine, sold and the proceeds were distributed to the Padthaway Primary School and its tight-knit 65 students, the local churches and the Padthaway Football Club.
"The Padthaway Wine Region is quite distinct being some 62 kilometres long and 8 kilometres wide with the Riddoch Highway running through the middle and comprising 345 square kilometres."
In 1944, the CSIRO recommended the region for horticulture due to its rich soil, underground water supply and Mediterranean climate with coastal influences.
Vineyards were first established by Seppelt in Padthaway in 1964 quickly followed by Lindemans, Hardys (1968) and Wynns.
The Padthaway Wine region was gazetted for GIC status on 29th September 1999. Today the region is represented by the majority of major wine companies and an increasing number of private producers.
The Padthaway Wine Region is quite distinct being some 62 kilometres long and 8 kilometres wide with the Riddoch Highway running through the middle and comprising 345 square kilometres. There are now more than 4000 hectares of vineyard planted with the predominant varieties being Shiraz, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon with the red varieties Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon making up 50% of the total vineyard plantings in the region. There are however significant plantings of other varieties such Riesling, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer and Pinot Noir, with expanding plantings of newer varieties such as Viognier and Pinot Gris.
Entwine member statistics
Entwine members within this region account for:
In 2015/16, Padthaway growers were in the lowest 10% of Australian Entwine member vineyards with regard to their greenhouse gas emissions per hectare. Most growers in the region also graze sheep in the vineyards during autumn and winter to reduce the need for herbicides and slashing. Not only does the low energy consumption reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it also represents significant financial savings to their businesses.
Entwine Members in this Region
- Pernod Ricard - Padthaway Vineyards
- Glendon Vineyards Pty Ltd
- Treasury Wine Estates - Padthaway
- Elfini Pty Ltd, E. D Vines Pty Ltd
- McElroy Family Trust
- PGL Vineyards Pty Ltd
- Gales Vineyard
- Farmer's Leap Produce Pty Ltd
- Wira Vineyards
If you would like more information about Padthaway wine region, please contact the region directly. If you would like more information about Entwine Australia, please contact the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) either by email firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone on 08 8313 6600 or visit the AWRI website http://entwineaustralia.com.au.
Report data correct as of December 11, 2018.
This project is supported with funds from the Australian government.