Every stage of winemaking uses energy, so rising energy costs and the global push for climate action constantly challenge the wine sector.

To save money and the environment, look for high impact, low-cost solutions in engineering processes—refrigeration and tank storage (which typically uses about 50–70 per cent of total electricity consumption), pumping, hot water and steam, HVAC, lighting, and wastewater treatment.

Energy management is getting smarter, and new solutions are emerging. Could you save from heating and cooling more efficiently? Would it be worthwhile upgrading or modifying your equipment? Is switching to alternative energy sources a possibility? Would embracing emerging biomass and solar thermal technologies be a smart business move?

There are plenty of actions you can take to cut your energy costs. Here are some of the best resources to get started:

Learn from others — case studies

See the carbon and cost savings St Hallett winery found, in this case study by the Australian Wine Research Institute.

Discover how De Bortoli Wines saved $184,000 a year, in this case study by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Learn how McLaren Vintners looks set to save $50,000 a year and use 23 per cent less energy by insulating its storage tanks, in this case study by the South Australian Wine Industry, the Department of Industry, and ZeroWaste SA.

See how Taylors Wines saved by using air compressor consolidation and solar for wastewater treatment, in this case study by the South Australian Wine Industry, the Department of Industry, and ZeroWaste SA.

Taltarni Vineyards stands to save $20,000 a year by acting on a resource assessment. Learn how in this case study by Sustainability Victoria.

See the energy efficiency improvements winning awards and reaping rewards for some of South Australia’s wineries, in this article and videos from Adelaide’s Independent News.

Act now — fact sheets, guides and tools

Use this comprehensive Winery Energy Saver Toolkit from the South Australian Wine Industry Association and the Department of Industry to find ways to save.  

See the opportunities for beverage, wine and beer manufacturers to improve their material and energy efficiency, in this guide from Sustainability Victoria.

Read about process efficiency in winery operations, in this research report by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority.

Compare resource efficiency performance against peer wineries, in this benchmark report by Green Industries South Australia.

Know your options — more help and ideas

Victorian Energy Saver provides tools and information to help Victorian Businesses save energy and money.

There is more information on efficiency and improvements on our Equipment and Technologies: Case Studies & Guides page.

Page last updated: 31/07/18