Our journey to environmental sustainability
The story of Tahbilk begins with the land and the river. The place is known as tabilk-tabilk, ‘place of many waterholes’ in the language of the Taungurung, the first people; a name which perfectly describes the landscape.
Established in 1860 Tahbilk is the oldest family owned winery and vineyard in Victoria, Australia. Located in one of the nation's premium viticultural areas the property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11kms to the Goulburn River and 8kms of permanent backwaters and creeks.
For the best part of the last two decades Tahbilk has made a genuine commitment to restoring the delicate balance once known by the Taungurung people determined to leave a sustainable legacy for those to come.
Extensive work has been completed to rehabilitate the Tahbilk Wetlands & Wildlife reserve, including returning 160 ha of the property to revegetation. In 2008 this work was extended to also understand its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) profile and establish baselines for calculating the carbon stored onsite by revegetation activities.
Through onsite re-vegetation, 100kwh solar system, organic waste treatment, recycling and then investing in reputable carbon reduction schemes to offset current emissions Tahbilk achieved its objective of becoming Carbon Neutral for the first time in the 2012 financial year.
The winery and vineyard continues to be carbon audited annually and is proudly accredited carboNZero with Toitu Envirocare. This means that, through a transparent process of measuring emissions, reducing those emissions and offsetting residual emissions, our net calculated carbon emissions equal zero.
Tahbilk continues to be one of 8 wineries globally to achieve the carboNZero accreditation at a product and organisation level achieving a net 26% reduction in total carbon emissions since 2012.
This is a journey, not a destination.
Read more about our environmental projects in our blog 'The Tahbilk Insiders Guide'.
Hayley Purbrick (5th Generation)
CarboNZero Certified Reports
You can find our current certification reports here.
carboNZero Organisation Disclosure Statement 2019
carbonZero Product Disclosure Statement 2019
carboNZero Organisation Certification 2019
carboNZero Product Certification 2019