While principal production areas are located in the south-east states (South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria), wine grape growing and winemaking are carried out in all Australian states and territories.
Why save water in the wine industry?
Economic benefits include:
- Decreased cost of water supplied (mains water), as well as of wastewater disposal;
- Reduced pumping needs, which will reduce annual energy costs (and greenhouse emissions); and
- Fewer infrastructure requirements, such as the maintenance of pumping equipment and water pipes.
Agronomic benefits include:
- Improved quality of grapes; and
- Improved crop yield (more grapes per area of land).
Additional benefits include:
- Improved business image and marketability of your product;
- Reduced impact of stormwater flow and the potential for erosion. This minimises damage to your property, as well as the local environment;
- Protection of local aquatic environments, by the improved quality of flows from the property;
- Preparation of the company for future drought, water restrictions or an increase in water prices; and
- Minimisation of the impacts of salinity and groundwater contamination in your region.