Englishman Henry Pike emigrated to South Australia in 1878 and established a family brewing business. His great
grandson Edgar followed in his footsteps and established a wine business. Edgar’s sons Neil (winemaker) and Andrew
(viticulturist) now run Pikes Wines (established in 1984) which is situated in the verdant Polish Hill River sub-region of
the Clare Valley.
This estate is renowned for its Clare Valley Riesling with the iconic Pike fish label.
We have a tree planting project which has been in place for a number of years. We see this as a way of neutralising and/or reducing our carbon footprint. We have planted eucalyptus, swamp oaks and acacia's.
We use organic fertilisers in the vineyard, and grow cover crops for 'green manure' in between the vine rows each year. We use copper and sulphur sprays (both organic) as preventative measures to control mildews.
A dedication to responsible wastewater management beginning more than a decade ago has seen a Clare Valley winery receive full Environmental Protection Agency accreditation this year.
Pikes Wines in Sevenhill received the full EPA accreditation licence for its wastewater recycling system on 30 June. meaning that while the winery still undertakes routine monitoring with SA Water. it is trusted to irrigate using treated wastewater without periodic check-ups by the agency.
Lack of water has been a major issue at our winery for a number of years. We save as much rain water as possible, which is never enough. We have set up at great expense a winery waste water recycling plant. The recycled water is put back into the vineyard. We use a significant amount of cereal straw mulch in our vineyards to minimize the amount of water we require.
"We're trying to minimise our environmental footprint in all things we do".
We use quite a lot of recycled packaging, including cartons and bottles that use recycled glass. We also recycle all of our bottles and cartons that we use at cellar door.
We have insulation for our sheds and tanks which greatly reduces our energy use. Tree planting...see 'Nature conservation' above!