Through the implementation of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association (BGWA) strategy, a range of environmental projects and initiatives are being delivered to support the Barossa grape growing and winemaking community.

This initiative is BGWA’s desire to encourage its grape growers to take a more resilience-focussed approach to their vineyard management.

BGWA has communicated the benefits of establishing native grasses and revegetating landholdings in terms of preparing for a changing climate, saving water, improving soil health, preventing erosion, improving biodiversity, and beautifying their properties.

The case for increasing biodiversity in Barossa’s vineyards – and in turn ‘creating more adaptive capacity’ in the face of a changing climate – has been escalated by the release of Regional Development Australia – Barossa Region Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which states:

  • By 2030 temperatures will rise by 0.6° to 1.0°C (and by 1.5° to 2.0°C by 2070)
  • Frequency and intensity of heatwaves will increase
  • Annual rainfall will decline by 2 to 5% by 2030 (and by 10 to 20% by 2070)

Viticultural practices recommended in light of this include:

  • Improve irrigation management and weather forecasting
  • Manage water resources more efficiently
  • Manage extremes (heatwaves, rain, bush fire risk)
  • Vine management – mulch, canopy management, rootstocks, sunscreen