Chard Cares for the Environment
The time has come not just to sustain, but to regenerate.
We believe that encouraging biodiversity, nurturing our soils, and reducing the use of chemicals and machinery is vital to creating a cleaner future. Central to regenerative practices is an emphasis on soil and vine health. Healthy soils provide the foundation for strong root systems, improved water retention and enhanced nutrient availability, all of which directly influence our vines. One way we improve soil and vine health at the Farm is through detailed soil and vine analysis and then reactively sowing cover crops tailored to the needs of the specific vineyard.
We have recently commissioned a solar energy system at the Winery that we hope will reduce our reliance on the grid by 90%.
Heating & Cooling
The energy-saving plan doesn’t stop at solar energy, Chard Farm also utilizes passive heating and cooling methods in the Winery. An evaporative cooler is used to keep the winery cool in the summer months. A heat recovery system is also used on our chiller unit to increase efficiency during wine warming and cooling operations.
In the winery, our underground barrel cellar features open earth gravel pits, creating ideal humidity and temperature levels for maturation and protecting the precious contents of our barrels.
Chard Farm employs a ‘zero’ waste philosophy in the winery and vineyard including recycled cardboard, bottles and aluminium screwcaps We are part of the vineyard post recycling initiative, turning broken vineyard posts into farm fence posts. We also use "Future Posts" in our vineyard, which are crafted from recycled plastics including recycled vineyard netting.
We make our own compost from grape marc – the leftover grape skins, stalks etc from our harvest. It’s a free, organic, nutrient-dense resource that’s too good to waste; full of stems, skins and seeds. Given a little time on the compost heap it turns into vineyard superfood. We target spread the compost on some of our struggling vineyard sites, assisting with soil health and vine nutrition.