Sue and Sean Delaney – Primary Producer Award

Project Profile

Nominee Sue and Sean Delaney
State South Australia
Award Ceremony 2010 National Landcare Awards
Category Primary Producer Award

Issues

After purchasing a 26 acre property at Norton Summit, 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD, in 1997, Sue and Sean Delaney established Sinclair’s Gully, a small family run vineyard and eco-cellar door. Sustainable practices are the foundation of the business with the property used as a best practice model, demonstration site and learning tool by local landholders and landcare groups.

Project Detail

Norton Summit’s Sue and Sean Delaney have been nominated for a National Landcare Award for creating the first advanced eco certified vineyard and cellar door in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia.

After purchasing a 26 acre property at Norton Summit, 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD in 1997, Sue and Sean established Sinclair’s Gully, a small family run vineyard and eco-cellar door. Sustainable practices are the foundation of the business with the property used as a best practice model, demonstration site and learning tool by local landholders and landcare groups.

Sue and Sean Delaney have vertically integrated their primary production vineyard operations with a boutique wine label, wine club, eco-cellar door and function venue. The business model reflects a significant commitment to sustainability with Sinclair’s Gully achieving best practice environmentally sustainable operations through the implementation of an environmental management system (EMS).

Conservation of the property’s fragile bush land, the sustainably managed biodynamic vineyard, its zero waste recycling program and the 100 per cent on-site collection of water and reuse of waste water are just some of the initiatives undertaken on the property.

The Delaneys have also taken steps to reduce the business’s carbon and ecological footprint, recording a 24 per cent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions between 2008 and 2009 and a 33 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

With over 150 species of plants and 66 species of birds (many being threatened or rare) the nearby Candlebark Open Forest has been listed as the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Range’s number one priority for conservation. The Delaney’s dedication to landcare practices is evident through their commitment over the past 12 years to restoring and conserving the 20 acres of endangered Candlebark Woodland on the property by working to a vegetation management plan.

Sinclair’s Gully has attracted widespread interest with the Delaneys hosting property visits by various environmental groups, farming organisations, Federal, State and Local Government Agencies including the Department of Environment and Heritage and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board as well as local catchment groups, schools, the local community and the general public.

The Delaneys are one of 88 finalists in the National Landcare Awards to be announced in Canberra on 24 June 2010. Commencing in 1991, the Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and groups that make a valuable contribution to the land and coast where they live and work.

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Sue and Sean Delaney

Sue and Sean Delaney