Some of the practices we undertake include composting from green waste and returning it to the vineyard, which promotes healthy microbiological activity in the soil and resilient plant growth. Compost adds soil density, retains moisture, adds nutrients and discourages disease, pests and weeds.
In the winter, local sheep herds graze in our vineyards, helping to keep weed growth under control and providing the soil with extra nutrients. This reduces our use of chemicals and machinery, which is essential to decreasing emissions.
Not only do we benefit from this practice of sustainability, but it also assists our farming neighbour. It provides essential feed to his sheep, allowing the rest and rejuvenation of his land and reducing his need to purchase cut hay.
A Long Term Vision
Land stewardship is integral to Jenke Vineyard’s values and long-term vision. As custodians, we strive to protect our soil, rivers, bio-diversity and animal habitats within our land. We have reduced the land’s tillage and maintained grasses in the mid-row to shade vine roots, provide habitat for beneficial insects and add organic matter to the soil.
We also strive to provide a workplace culture promoting family, community and safety first.
Adaption and Innovation
Mark is always looking at adapting and innovating, and we have committed to being carbon-neutral by 2050. 45 kW of Solar Panels have been installed at the winery and on the farm, and outbuildings to save energy. All vineyard posts are being replaced over time with recyclable steel posts to reduce the wastage of treated pine posts which have a comparably shorter life.
This ethos ensures that we look after our workers, natural assets, local environment, and friends and family.