He's a climate-change activist, an equal opportunities advocate and committed environmentalist - all of which play a role in the organic wines produced by David Bruer at his Langhorne Creek winery in South Australia.
The CEO and co-founder of organic wine producer Temple Bruer insists all his employees take environmental stewardship as seriously as they do their grape farming and wine production.
For committed eco warrior Bruer, making good wine goes hand in hand with trying to create a better planet.
Founded in 1980, Temple Bruer was one of the first organic producers in the country – and Bruer himself one of the key players in the formation of Organic Vignerons Australia. Today he grows grapes not only at Langhorne Creek but also in Eden Valley and at Loxton in the Riverland.
“From early on Temple Bruer adopted certified organic grape and wine production to protect the health of consumers, the company's employees, the wider community and environment,” Bruer says.
“To further improve the sustainability of the company and our products, several stages of carefully considered re-vegetation has been undertaken, all of which have been in line with the Angas River Catchment Revegetation guidelines.
“Our aim is to improve species diversity, protect endangered species, provide a habitat for native fauna and create a carbon sink for some of the company's carbon emissions.”
Bruer sees organics playing an ever-increasing role.
“A bright, clear sustainable agricultural future demands that no synthetic chemicals should be used at any stage of the grape growing, and later winemaking, processes,” he says.
“This can be done and is done, with yields comparable to the district average, at least at Langhorne Creek.
“Nutrients are supplied in part by compost, but also by growing cover crops of legumes and cereals, the former for nitrogen and the latter for organic matter.”
“All white wine grapes are harvested at night; we want the grapes to be as cool as possible because we are trying to minimise our refrigeration demand,” Bruer says.
He's constantly thinking about ways to stay in business without damaging the planet.
For details see: www.templebruer.com.au
# This an edited version of a story that originally appeared in Nourish magazine. www.naturalhealthmag.com.au/nourish