Taylors Wines has partnered with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) on the shared mission to help save the Sydney Seahorse, and their habitats, from extinction.
On first glance, winemakers and marine scientists seem unlikely allies. But we do face a common problem - climate change. Seahorses, much like grapevines, are an indicator species that raise the alarm to serious climate-related issues. It’s very important we do what we can to reverse their population decline before it’s too late.
So we’ve established “SeaBnB” - a fundraising initiative to give these underwater equines a temporary home in a ‘luxury Seahorse Hotel’ while SIMS researchers work to rebuild their permanent, seagrass habitats. 100% of donations go directly towards SIMS research projects with the aim to fully restore the seahorse’s natural habitats and give this species a fighting chance to avoid extinction.
Taylors Wines have kickstarted the SeaBnB initiative with a $10,000 donation. Our goal is to raise $150,000 which will enable SIMS to fully restore select areas of seagrass meadows that have been lost which creates the opportunity to reintroduce a herd of captive-raised seahorses to their natural habitat.
To launch the campaign, we’ve called upon Australian record Freediver, Adam Stern, to act as our ‘SeaBnB Concierge’ to welcome the incoming seahorse guests and help spread the word about this important initiative. Learn More
Our family business has proudly received a number of major environmental awards for the initiatives we have undertaken:
• Winner of the Leading in Sustainability Award - 2010 Banksia Foundation Environmental Awards
• Winner of the Environmental and Energy Management Award - 2010 NAB Agribusiness Awards
• Winner of the Best Green Launch - 2010 The Drinks Business Magazine Green Awards
• Carter Holt Harvey Sustainability Award - Silver Medal - 2010 Australian Packaging Awards
ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System
FSSC 22000 the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
Voluntary Membership & Reporting
We are committed to supporting industry and community environmental initiatives. We actively participant in the following environmental programs:
Sustainable Winegrowing Australia
In May 2010, we achieved EntWine Australia membership for the Auburn vineyard and winery operations. Entwine Australia is a voluntary environmental assurance scheme developed by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, that allows winemakers and wine grape growers to receive formal certification of sustainable environmental practices according to recognised standards. Our business is required to annually report on environmental performance indicators.
National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)
We have been reporting on pollutant production as part of the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) since 2004/2005. As grape growers and wine producers we are responsible for reporting on substances including ethanol and Total VOC emissions on an annual basis.
Australian Packaging Covenant and Mentoring Program
The South Australian wine industry is a leading contributor to the economic success of the State, which gives it a high public profile. Accordingly, the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) and its members are committed to being proactive and demonstrate leadership in the participation of environmental initiatives such as the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC). In 2002, SAWIA established a Mentor Program to support members in meeting their packaging waste obligations under the National Packaging Covenant (NPC). The Program has continued to grow and strengthen in line with the Covenants objectives. The Taylor family wine business is a proud signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant along with being a member of the Mentor Program.