South Aussie first for carbon neutral wine brand Hither & Yon

Climate conscious: Brothers Malcolm and Richard Leask celebrate their McLaren Vale winery Hither & Yon being declared carbon neutral. Photo: Supplied.
Climate conscious: Brothers Malcolm and Richard Leask celebrate their McLaren Vale winery Hither & Yon being declared carbon neutral. Photo: Supplied.

McLaren Vale winery Hither & Yon has been recognised as South Australia's first carbon neutral certified wine brand, and just the third in the country.

As of February 2021, both Hither & Yon's product range and business operations have met carbon neutral requirements as certified by Australian Government initiative Climate Active.

Hither & Yon director Malcolm Leask said the brand was proud to achieve carbon neutral status.

"Taking care of our soil and people comes first for us, and our vision for Hither & Yon has always been to make better wines with a lighter footprint," he said.

Established in 2011 by Malcolm and his brother Richard, Hither & Yon's carbon neutral certification comes at the start of the brand's 10th year.

With climate change in mind, the team are also are currently practicing biodiversity management through the re-establishment of native corridors on their landholdings.

"Our family has been growing in McLaren Vale since 1980, and when Hither & Yon was born, we embarked on a land improvement program, from sustainable viticulture, to regenerative agriculture, and now carbon neutral," Richard said.

"Carbon neutral expresses our tenet of being winegrowers who care for our environment and community first.

"This year we will also be conducting changes to elements of the brand and business practice to further reduce our carbon emissions, and also keep improving our land management in order to increase carbon sequestration in our soil."

Hither & Yon's home vineyards are found in the foothills of McLaren Vale, while their boutique cellar door is situated in Willunga.