Five percent to impact


Good product. Good people. Good place.

We are committed to creating quality organic wines, that are progressive, approachable and celebrate their own personalities.

We commit ourselves, beyond wine, to always contribute at least 5% of revenue to positive social and environmental impact.


Our 2020 Impact Report.

In 2020 we:

  • ⋐ Contributed 5.2% of our revenue to impact.

  • ⋒ Composted over 27 tonnes of organic 'waste' back into soil.

  • ⋑ Planted 2,049 trees.

  • ⋓ Went beyond carbon neutral.

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(We are transitioning to financial year impact reporting → 2021/22 Impact Report coming July/August 2022.)

1% TO PAYING THE RENT.

From this year forwards, we're pledging 1% of our revenue to paying the rent.

Paying the rent is a step we take with you, collectively:
it acknowledges that we live on stolen land,
that First Nations sovereignty was never ceded,
and that this always was,
and always will be,
Aboriginal land.

Payments will be made, ongoingly, to:
Djirra
Pay The Rent
Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation

This is just one of of many steps we can take in solidarity;
we hope to take many more, with you.

 

Here's a little more info on the organisations...


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Djirra

To help celebrate International Women's Day, our first rent payment will be made to Djirra (Naarm).

Djirra is predominantly designed by and for Aboriginal women, a place where practical support is available to all Aboriginal women, particularly to those who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past.

Djirra is the Woiwurrung word for the reed used by Wurundjeri women for basket weaving.

 

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Pay The Rent

Pay The Rent is a grassroot-to-grassroots organisation, based on the lands of the Kulin Nation.

Run by a Sovereign Body of First Nations representatives, Pay The Rent ensures decisions are made transparently and are centred around the needs of First Nations people.

Rent payments are payments made for the use and benefit of occupying Aboriginal land, and as a mechanism of reparation.

 

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Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation

The vineyard from which we harvest our grapes is located on Yorta Yorta Country, stolen land.

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) is comprised of peoples with unequivocal bloodlines to the Original Ancestors of Yorta Yorta Country. YYNAC represents the descendants of these Original Ancestors and they have the power and right to approve/deny Cultural Heritage on Yorta Yorta Country.

 

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1% TO THE PLANET.

Thanks to you we've planted over 10,000 trees so far!!

We feel so grateful to be able to plant one tree for every dozen sold. Here is a little info on where your trees have been planted most recently...



One Tree Planted Every Dozen Sold in India Mangrove Project Minimum Organic Wines

Women-led mangrove restoration in India: Part II

Where
Andhra Pradesh.

When
2022 to 2024.

Trees
Avicennia marina, avicennia officinalis, axcoecaria agallocha, rhizophora mucronata, bruguiera gymnorrhiza as well as some supporting species like thespesia populne and hibiscus tiliaceus.

Your contribution
1,324 trees!

Project size
466,200 trees & plants.

About the project
Around 350 hectares of mangroves in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh (a South-Eastern state of India) will be restored via community participation. As well as the initial mangrove plantings, a nursery with capacity of 400,000 mangrove saplings per year will be established by a network of 10 women-led community groups. The plantings will be space at around 3,300 per hectare, with a 50-hectare zone dedicated to an integrated shellfish/fish farming operation. Not only will this restore ecological niches for a variety of species (fish, bivalves, birds, etc) it will also function as a much needed buffer against strong winds/waves and encroaching salinity issues from global warming-induced changes to the ocean. The project will see around 100 hectares of salt-effected agricultural land being re-engaged with as mangrove-based agricultural and aquaculture, directly benefitting an estimated 5,000 people in the region.


Monarch Butterfly habitat planting in Mexico

Where
Cerro del Cacique, Zitacuaro, Michoacán, Mexico.

When
July - October 2022.

Trees
Predominately abies religioso and pinus pseudostrobus.

Your contribution
458 trees!

Project size
400,000 trees.

About the project
One of the greatest (multi-generational) migration stories in the natural world is that of the monarch butterfly of the North Americas. For those living east of the Rockies, they fly down to Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve in the Michoacán, Mexico. Second, third and fourth generations of monarchs then make the long flight back north. This tree planting project is located in Michoacán, a critical habitat for the monarchs that are seeing their nesting tree Oyamel (Abies religiosa) suffer due to climate change and extractive industries. Exploitatory logging pressure and higher temperatures (Oyamel is slowly dying back lower down on the mountain from the heat of climate change) is reducing and displacing the Oyamel and local peoples, and in turn is massively effecting the migratory nesting grounds of the monarchs. This project aims to plant 400,000 trees in Michoacán (Oyamel, some native pines and other trees/shrubs), alongside a number of other affiliated projects in the area to help not only the monarchs, but with the general health of the Michoacán ecosystem. This project is underway in tight cooperation with local communities, who will be heavily involved with the planting, and will see the ecological/social benefits that flow on from the restoration.

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Women-led mangrove restoration in India: Part I

Where
West Bengal, India.

When
July - August 2022.

Trees
Predominately planting a multi-species mix of four genera: avicennia, ceriops, bruguiera and rhizophora.

Your contribution
670 trees!

Project size
10,000 trees.

About the project
We're especially stoked to be able to support this small mangrove restoration project, run entirely by local women in India. The restoration site is a 7-acre mudflat that's severely degraded, however the initial stages of the project are to set up a local nursery and train a group of local women in the fine (and apparently quite difficult) art of germinating and growing mangrove saplings. Saplings will be raised from seed collected from nearby mangrove forests and planted at a density of 1,200 saplings per acre. The crew will then follow up in 2023 to re-plant around 2,000 saplings given they're likely to lose 15-20% of saplings in the first year. In addition to re-planting over time, the crew is setting up a surveillance and monitoring system (called Mangrove Watch) to generate ongoing data and to help establish long-term health of the budding mangrove forest.

Rwanda Tree planting by Minimum Wines Organic wine

Regeneration for climate resilience in Rwanda

Where
Eastern and Western Provinces of Rwanda.

When
October - December 2021.

Trees
Grevillea, acuminata, cedrela, river tamarind, calliandra, tree tomato, passionfruit, nile tulip, citrus, red hot poker tree, umbrella tree, yellowwood tree plus several other native understory plants.

Your contribution
2200 trees!

Project size
900,000 trees planted 2021.

About the project
The overall goal of this project is to regenerate degraded mountainous areas in several parts of Rwanda. The idea is to improve climate resilience by improving soil fertility, generate better agro-ecosystems to help farmers and land managers, protect and improve biodiversity around critical watersheds and enhance community dynamics and food sovereignty in the surrounding areas. There's a big focus on collaboration and community involvement in this project, especially in regards to up-skilling local farmers in agroforestry and silvopasture techniques. The project's moto is "Collaborative Action for Nature and People" (which we love!). In terms of plants, a number of different evergreen, deciduous, fruiting and understory plants will be used, providing the necessary diversity to help restore a dynamic ecosystem.


Fruit Trees in India

Where
Haryana, Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh provinces.

When
January – October 2021 (part of an ongoing project).

Trees
Mango, avocado, papaya, guava, jackfruit, plum, lemon, orange, gooseberry, moringa, custard apple, wood apple.

Your contribution
1219 trees!

Project size
1.5 million fruit trees planted in the past 5 years + 1.5 million planned for 2021

About the project
Part of an ongoing community-led project in Northwest India, this initiative works with local farmers and community groups to plant a variety of different fruit trees. These trees provide long-term nourishment, income, resiliency and food sovereignty for marginalised farmers and communities. It is estimated that each tree generates on average $13 (AUD) per year in additional income after three years of planting. These trees also provide a suite of ecological benefits including soil improvements and water conservation. This year they are building two new nurseries in central locations to boost seedling production, reduce transportation emissions and costs and increase seedling acclimatisation so the trees have a higher survival rate and are more likely to bear fruit. These nurseries will employ local people, with a specific focus on widowed and elderly women.


Australian Bushfire Recovery

Where
SA, VIC, NSW, QLD.

When
January – December 2022 (part of an ongoing project).

Trees
Sheoak, red gum, red spotted gum, apple box, manna gum + other site-specific species.

Your contribution
1218 trees!

Project size
1 million trees in total, 400,000 planned in 2022.

About the project
This project has been created to support the development of bushfire recovery projects, specifically for revegetation on public and private land, since the devastating 2019/2020 bushfires. Located inside the official FNPW (Foundation for National Park and Wildlife) bushfire recovery priority areas, this project aims to restore habit, fund and build local nurseries, create new local volunteer programs and support long-term recovery initiatives. The trees planted will be site-specific, with a focus also on planting specific trees that provide critical habitat for local fauna that have been displaced, like the threatened black cockatoo and koala. There will be a mixture of forest and understory planting to create biodiverse ecosystems.


Kenyan Agroforestry

Where
Kitui County.

When
October 2021 – April 2022.

Trees
Mango, avocado, blackthorn, silky oak, melia, neem, tamarind, river tamarind, calliandra, macadamia.

Your contribution
1219 trees!

Project size
50,000 trees.

About the project
This project embraces agroforestry techniques as a means to achieve ecological restoration and community resiliency. Agroforestry, as the name hints, is an integrated farming approach that incorporates shrubs and trees (for fruit and/or timber) in and around crops and/or pastureland. For this project, community groups will be mobilised and trained so that they can propagate a diverse mix of trees and shrubs. Three nurseries will be established to facilitate the training and propagation, and the trees will be planted on farms as well as local schools and some public land. Ecologically speaking, this project aims to improve soil fertility, increase biodiversity, improve crop and pasture protection (via shade and windbreaks), improve water conservation and help with climate change adaptation. It will also improve economic resiliency, health and nutrition, sustainability outcomes, gender equality, food sovereignty and security as well as helping to maintain the propagation of culturally significant trees and shrubs.