Solar Energy

Harnessing the same energy that provides a new harvest each year is in keeping with the Estate’s philosophy of sustainability. Photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof of the winery building in early 2011 to exploit the fact that the Maltese islands enjoy more than 300 sunny days per year. This facility has enabled us to reduce our carbon footprint significantly.

Water Recycling

A recycling tank has been installed in order to recycle water utilised in the winery processes. Furthermore, a rainwater catchment system is in place to allow recovery of storm water in a purpose planned cistern.

Sustainable Farming

At San Niklaw Estate, we practice sustainable viticulture and we have endeavoured to build healthy soils and protect the vineyard environment. The Estate employs EU-approved treatments. A number of measures are instituted to farm responsibly and sustainably. By-products of the viticultural process such as stems and prunings are composted and spread in the vineyards. The characteristic rubble walls, which demarcate land parcels, are repaired and maintained regularly to prevent soil erosion. Pruning, thinning and harvesting are done by hand to reduce carbon emissions from mechanical equipment. Cover crops are grown in the vineyard rows and ploughed into the soil to replenish nitrogen.

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