Sustainability underpins every decision we make as vignerons, with a focus on biological management of the soil ecosystems in our vineyards and the use of solar power and rainwater to run our winery and cellar door. 

Our two vineyards are certified by Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, a national program for grape growers and winemakers to demonstrate and continuously improve their sustainability in the vineyard and winery through the environmental, social and economic aspects of their businesses.

As a grower-producer, sustainable viticulture ensures that our most important assets – our land and our grapevines – are cared for now and into the future. The holistic consideration of farming inputs and outputs is best practice for a healthy environment throughout the vineyard. This directly benefits vine health and, in turn, wine quality. Great wines are made in the vineyard. 

Solar panels and vineyard mulching

Since establishing Scion two decades ago, we've planted more than 2,000 trees on our 40-acre farm. This habitat is home to squirrel gliders, native quails, lace monitors, tawny frogmouths and other warm-and-fuzzy species.

A Tesla charging station available to Cellar Door visitors is solar-powered, while a dozen beehives enhance biodiversity and gift us Drunk Honey.

Scion was the subject of a case study by Sustainable Winegrowing Australia. Benchmarking reports revealed that, when compared with other members nationally, we ranked:

In the TOP 1% for generation of electricity (kWh/ha)

In the TOP 7% with regard to the area of land dedicated to the enhancement of biodiversity (ha/ha)

Sustainability for us is an ongoing journey that requires vision, commitment and teamwork. A huge thanks to our dynamic vineyard duo Locky and Andrew, who worked hard to achieve the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia Certification.

Rutherglen is Bpangerang country. We pay respect to the people who belong to these lands, waterways and skies.