Winery Business Plan
Winemaker Paul Mooney is extremely passionate about sustainability and connects this to The Mission Estate’s core values in being true to its roots and maintaining a commitment to being authentic and artisan wine producers.
Paul states that, when it comes to sustainability, he is “wired that way… And this obsession has paid off — The Mission Estate can now boast that they use a third of the energy of the average winery of their size.
This enables them to produce maps which optimise the vineyard’s performance and ultimately helps produces better quality wine.
The Mission Estate has seen clear successes on the initiatives with feedback to the Board being very positive.
“We are doing it because it’s the right thing to do” says Paul.
When asked if The Mission Estate is an industry leader, Paul is reluctant to take ownership of the phrase.Working closely with local engineers and an architect, a purpose-built wine-making facility was designed and constructed.The new production facility was designed to deliver and maximise both energy and water efficiency.Their current winemaker, Paul Mooney, continues this legacy having originally been trained by the Fathers.Today, The Mission Estate is still true to its roots, supporting the Society of Mary.A key step in this process has been in moving systems to operating overnight to make best use of off-peak electricity and only cooling once a week in summer (metrics showed that it takes a full week for the temperature to return to the maximum rate).Other steps included installing new lighting, removing the use of any diesel machinery (not an easy task when machinery is a key component of your operation); installing an inverter on the condensing heat exchanger; a separate glycol system; combined use of compressors and running these as close to capacity as possible for high energy efficiency; using self-generated nitrogen (instead of CO₂) which does not contribute to climate change; and, finally, operating on-site bottling and warehousing has seen a reduction in transport.At this time, they also started running some of their blocks organically.From there, they have invested in capital that allows them to deliver on their sustainability objectives.While these metrics are now common practice in the industry, they weren’t 17 years ago.They did this without the use of technology – equipment and software has made this process much easier.