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Vineyard Sustainability

"We don't inherit the earth from our Ancestors we borrow it from our children"

Justin and Pip Jarrett’s sustainable and low-impact viticulture and wine making highlights their respect for our local environment. With a family ethos is based on an old American Chief Seattle saying; "We don't inherit the earth from our Ancestors we borrow it from our children".
At See Saw Wines we believe that sustainability and wine making is more than just the growing of organic grapes, or recycling our packaging. It's true, we produce some of Oranges best Certified Organically grown grapes, but we also go beyond organics and this is where our efforts in sustainability comes into play on a much larger scale.

It is about managing our natural resources, being water and energy efficient. Recycling as well as reducing environmental waste and constantly looking for improvement in waste reduction. Part of being a sustainable business not only takes into consideration environmental soundness, but economical feasibility and social equality & impact.

Wines are made with organically grown grapes from our Spring Vale / Coole Park Vineyard.
During the wine making process we utilise organic additives (fining agents, yeast, etc) including SO2. We using non-synthesized ingredients making our wines vegan friendly too.

Sustainability is time-consuming and it does cost money. However we don't expect you to pay huge prices for our wine. We want everyone to enjoy our wines and by purchasing a bottle of See Saw you know your money is going directly to businesses making smart agricultural, environmental and sustainable practices.

In 1991 Justin and Pip purchased Springvale. Unlike it's namesake, Springvale was a dry run down and tired plot of land. Over the years it has seen significant changes with 30ha of vineyard established as Certified Fully Organic and the spring in Springvale is now true to form! 

By pulling back on traditional farming methods, planting over 1,000 trees, shrubs and native flora we have seen our waterways regain much needed ground cover which has reduced stream bank erosion. All of our waterways are grassed too. The grass acts as a filter to ensure only pristine water leaves the property thus reducing mucky run off. Justin and Pip have also locked away over 60ha of pristine Australian bush as a regeneration area restoring habitat for native fauna and flora such as echidna's, kangaroos, migrating birds and reptiles.
Annangrove Park wildlife Sustainability in Action - Predatory Lady bugs in action

In 2009 a target of 6% soil organic matter was set and this is measured every three years. And with a completed energy efficiency audit, we have managed to reduce our carbon input. The University of NSW project to measure carbon output showed that our 
vineyard has actually stored more carbon than released since testing began.

With over the 30 years of farming,we have developed a successful cell grazing system to ensure maximum ground cover in the vineyard, as well as developing a pilot worm farm.

With the addition of 3 10kw solar systems, combined with the current work practices, Jarrett’s See Saw Wines are one of the leading sustainable vineyards in NSW.
January 23rd 2017 Pre Harvest Sheep work.