Joining is easy and membership is available to all Australian grapegrowers and winemakers. Vineyards, wineries, and regions must hold separate memberships because the data provided by each part of the business is different.

Membership categories

There are two membership categories (members and certified members). Members can choose the category that best suits their needs.

Members

Members of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia must annually report the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia business metrics and complete the self-assessment workbook. Members do not require an independent audit. Becoming a member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia is a pathway to becoming a certified member.

Certified members

Certified members of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia choose to be certified by undergoing an independent third-party audit against the approved certification standards for viticulture and wineries:

Membership reporting

Once a year, during July/August, members are required to report their business metrics (Table 1) and submit the self-assessment workbook to the AWRI through the member database. 

The workbook contains multiple choice questions covering major elements including energy, water, biodiversity, air, waste, land and soil, fertiliser and soil additives, chemicals, business, community impact and environmental action planning.

Fees

Requirements

Annually report business metrics and workbook.

Annual fees

Vineyards Winery
$110 $110

Fees are quoted in Australian dollars and include GST. Fees are for one year’s membership (1 July-30 June), payable during the July/August renewal period and are not refundable.

Requirements

  • Annually report business metrics and workbook
  • Certification audit once every three years against the Australian Wine Industry viticulture and winery standards

Annual feesa

Vineyards Winery
$110 $110

Certification fees

Trainingb – ~$360 (once only)

Auditc – ~$1,200-$2,000 (applied independently)

a Fees are quoted in Australian dollars and include GST. Fees are for one year’s membership (1 July-30 June), payable during the July/August renewal period and are not refundable.

b Training is a one-off requirement for certification. Fees vary between training providers.

c Auditing is conducted triennially. Fees vary between independent certification bodies. Members are advised to seek quotes from multiple certification bodies prior to arranging an audit.

Sustainable Winegrowing Australia Business Metrics Indicators

Tonnes of grapes produced (% red and white)
Production system (conventional, organic, biodynamic)
Area under vine
Electricity purchased
Electricity generated
Total water used
Total nitrogen applied
Total petrol used
Total diesel used
Total LPG used
Irrigation type
Irrigation source
Use of contractors
Number of tractor passes per season
Vineyard floor management
Biodiversity area

Tonnes of grapes crushed (% red and white)
Winemaking processing and packaging volumes
Total winery water used
Total wastewater generated
Winery wastewater treatment
Total solid waste produced
Solid waste treatment (recycling/compost)
Electricity purchased
Electricity generated
Total natural gas used
Total petrol used
Total diesel used
Total LPG used
Winemaking CO2 use
Synthetic refrigerants
Biodiversity area

Membership timeline

April – June

Prepare for next financial year by signing up to receive a short email series.

July / August

Fill in your self-assessment workbook for the last financial year through our simple online platform.

October

Benchmarking data is released. See how your winery or vineyard rates against your peers.

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