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Kudos to Cave Spring for Award-Winning Excellence in Environmental Innovation

Kudos to Cave Spring for Award-Winning Excellence in Environmental Innovation

Cave Spring Cellars, a recognized leader in sustainable winemaking operations, is the well-deserved recipient of a prestigious 2016 Premier’s Award for excellence in environmental innovation.

Cave Spring received the honour for becoming Canada’s first winery – and the country’s first food and beverage processor – to install the BioGill wastewater management system.

MPP Jim Bradley with Dave Hooper of Cave Spring Cellars

MPP Jim Bradley with Dave Hooper of Cave Spring Cellars

“We put a lot of pride and commitment into producing excellent wine, and we recognize that our customers care about the environment as much as we do, “ said Cave Spring owner Len Pennachetti in a news release. “It simply makes sense to better manage our resources. It saves us money and protects the environment.”

In 30 years since opening in the Village of Jordan, Cave Spring has grown from producing 2,000 cases per year to more than 70,000. Operations Manager Dave Hooper said little attention was paid to water management practices as the business expanded.

“That’s a key part of our sustainable winemaking culture today. We now have a much better understanding on the ‘ins, outs and in-betweens’ of integrated water management, especially when it comes to keeping solids out of our drains,” Hooper said.

The Regional Municipality of Niagara encourages wineries like Cave Spring to implement on-site water management solutions. It greatly reduces odours and the costs of treating high-strength wastewater at their centralized plants, and helps to defer capital investments in municipal water infrastructure.

water-and-wine-logoThis innovation was borne out of a pilot project completed in 2015 and is part of the award-winning Water & Wine initiative BLOOM is delivering in collaboration with the Wine Council of Ontario. The Water & Wine portal provides wineries with practical resources, tools and instructional videos they can use to improve their water use and management practices.bloom-logo

“We know there is a strong desire among Ontario winemakers to be good water stewards,” said Kevin Jones, President and CEO of BLOOM.

“Cave Spring is a role model for all wineries looking to implement practical and affordable water management solutions. I congratulate Cave Spring for its commitment to ‘walking the talk’ for this well-deserved Premier’s Award. ”

Jim Bradley, the Ontario MPP for St. Catharines who presented the Premier’s Award to Dave Hooper, agreed that the Cave Spring results will have an impact across the province.

“Cave Spring Cellars is to be commended for this ground-breaking project. I wish you well as this system serves as a positive example to other food and beverage processing businesses in our province, “Bradley said in a statement.

The annual Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence are Ontario’s highest honour for outstanding contributions in innovation to the province’s agri-food sector.

Ontario Winemakers Embrace Importance of Sustainable Water Practices

Ontario Winemakers Embrace Importance of Sustainable Water Practices

An overwhelming majority of wineries in Ontario recognize the value of water and how sustainable water management practices can improve winery operational performance, reduce costs and support growth, a recent survey of Ontario wineries found. The 2016 survey, conducted by the BLOOM Centre for Sustainability, showed that 94 per cent of Ontario wineries believe improvedContinue Reading

Southbrook Vineyards approach to water management in barrel cleaning

Southbrook Vineyards approach to water management in barrel cleaning

The first line of defense against excess water use is to keep barrels filled with wine as often as possible. When wineries store barrels, they typically wash and sanitize them both before and after storage. By refilling barrels within a few days of being emptied, Southbrook eliminates the need for double-washing.Continue Reading

Use less water by reviewing barrel cleaning

Use less water by reviewing barrel cleaning

Barrels are one of the most iconic symbols of winemaking, and their care and use is probably the subject of more discussion than any other single piece of equipment used by winemakers. So, how can you use less water, but still have barrels that will last and produce high quality and great tasting wine? WhenContinue Reading

Niagara Winery Launches Leading-Edge Innovation to Protect the Environment

Niagara Winery Launches Leading-Edge Innovation to Protect the Environment

Ontario wineries now have an excellent working example of how innovations in sustainability can make good business sense while also protecting the environment. VIDEO: Highlights from the Event with Key Partner Interviews Cave Spring Cellars, an award-winning winery in the Niagara region, has installed a wastewater management system that is the first of its kindContinue Reading

Cave Spring Cellars – Sustainable Celebration

Cave Spring Cellars – Sustainable Celebration

Cave Spring Cellars, a winery in the Niagara Region, is known for producing award-winning and exceptional wine. Thursday October 29th though, people gathered to celebrate a very different liquid being produced from their operations, wastewater. It was worth celebrating… Cave Spring has installed a water management system that is the first of its kind forContinue Reading

Cave Spring Adopts New De-Centralized Water Management System

Cave Spring Adopts New De-Centralized Water Management System

Last week, Wines & Vines ran a feature on Cave Spring’s newly installed wastewater management system. It’s great to see this kind of recognition; this project was a major undertaking by Cave Spring and the system is the first of its kind in a food and beverage operation in Canada.  The article provides a good overviewContinue Reading

BLOOM Attends BC’s Enology & Viticulture Conference

BLOOM Attends BC’s Enology & Viticulture Conference

Last week, BLOOM attended the British Columbia Wine & Grape Council’s 16th Annual Enology & Viticulture Conference. I was invited to participate on a panel discussing wastewater management at wineries and Kevin Jones (President and CEO of BLOOM) made a presentation on Water Management in Wineries, specifically on why wineries should care about water.Continue Reading

BLOOM took to the open road

BLOOM took to the open road

BLOOM visited the four wine regions of Ontario, Niagara, South Shore, North Shore, and Prince Edward County, to present a workshop on how to implement water monitoring successfully and cost-effectively. Water & Wine was developed to provide wineries with complete information for them to adopt water and wastewater reduction techniques, not just because it feelsContinue Reading

Water & Wine – Launch

Water & Wine – Launch

On March 24th, Ontario’s wine industry gathered at Peninsula Ridge Estates to talk about one thing: making sustainable winemaking a reality in Ontario.Continue Reading