Sustainability is at the core of Two Hands Wines – Every decision is made for the long-term benefit of the stakeholders and the regions from which our wines are made.
At Two Hands, sustainability encompasses many aspects but first and foremost it means protecting and enhancing the natural resource in our vineyards.
We are proud to be custodians of the best viticultural land within the Western Ranges of the Barossa Valley and work tirelessly to grow the best fruit year in and year out, working with the seasons to produce incredible fruit.
- We employ ‘Massale Selection’ with new planting material: the old art of sourcing vine material from the best vines within the best vineyards, rather than sourcing clones from nurseries.
- Each of our estate vineyards are cane pruned to reduce the risk of the fungus infection Eutypa Lata, and also assists the vines to survive our warm summers.
- Our estate vineyards are pruned, trained and picked by hand to minimise tractor movements and avoid soil compaction.
- In winter, cover crops are grown between the rows to promote soil vitality.
- Each year we use 540 bails of straw mulch under our vines to keep the soil temperature and surface roots cool as well as retain valuable moisture in the soil. The mulch also promotes earthworm and soil microbe activity in our soil and also sees a reduction in weed growth (which in turn, lowers herbicide use).
- Our Scottish Highland cattle and 100% of the grape must post vintage both contribute to the 300 tonnes of organic compost we add back into our vineyards each year, in order to support the natural balance within our vines.
- We encourage biodiversity within our estate vineyards: We’ve reduced the amount of chemicals used and house insectariums throughout our Holy Grail Vineyard to enhance the vitality of our vineyard sites.
We have introduced Sap-Flow sensor technology into our Holy Grail Vineyard. The technology measures and monitors the transpiration of the vine and in turn assists our viticulture team to manage irrigation regimes ensuring the vines receive the right amount of water at the optimal time.
This will reduce our water usage by up to 50% and since installing this technology in October 2019, already we’ve seen a reduction of our water use by 25%.
In addition to the recycling of waste water used at the winery, all of the storm water and associated run off from the winery buildings is also harvested.
We encourage biodiversity within our estate vineyards: We’ve reduced the amount of chemicals used and house insectariums throughout our Holy Grail Vineyard to enhance the vitality of our vineyard sites.