Sustainability is integral to the success of Hill-Smith Family Estates. By definition, sustainability never ends. Generation after generation, they continually strive to reduce their impact on the environment and make great wine with minimal intervention. They are committed to sustainable practices with the belief that healthier vines create better wines.

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In the vineyard, Yalumba have a holistic approach to growing grapes. This is embodied in their ‘Vitis Programme’, which states a commitment to having minimal reliance on pesticides and maximum attention to environmental improvement.

Over their long history of wine growing, the Hill-Smith family have been awarded 43 accolades globally for sustainable practices, including sustainable wine growing. These include:

  • Climate Protection Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency in 2007 (A first for the world wine industry)
  • International Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice in 2007 and 2011.
  • the Environmental and Energy Management Award at the 10th annual Rabobank agribusiness awards for excellence.
  • International Award of Excellence for Sustainable Wine growing in 2013.
  • Environmental Excellence Award from the South Australian Wine Industry Association in 2019.
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On 28 September 2021, Yalumba was also welcomed as an Applicant Member to the International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) of which two of Fells’ other wineries – Familia Torres and Jackson Family Wines are founding members.