Why does a wine company feature a Pacific Black Duckling on their website? Why is the manager of their visitor centre a catchment scientist? Or why do they have a Ranger Ecologist on the payroll? Because they believe that Good Earth = Fine Wine. Banrock Station is 4,200 acres on the Murray River in South Australia. It has just celebrated 10 years of hard work turning the property from a dustbowl into a thriving natural environment. One with a wetland system, that the company was intrumental in having listed as an internationally recognised RAMSAR site. (See before-and-after pics in extended post.) A portion from the sale of every one of their wines goes into habitat restoration. Originally it was their own property that received the rehabilitation, but now 10 such sites worldwide benefit from the over $3 million AUD that has been raised through the eco-levy on the wine. Their visitor centre is built of rammed earth from local soils and powered by grid connected photovoltaics. Rainwater is harvested for drinking, while waste-water is filtered through a reed bed, for later irrigation. Yes, they do export, so keep an eye out next time you are in the bottle shop. ::Banrock Station.
The property in 1995 (at top) and in 2005 (bottom)