With so much talk these days of sustainability, organic produce and other ecologically friendly practices, it really comes as no surprise to see wine producers taking a greener approach. In fact, as the health of the environment has a clear effect on wine quality, many producers have for some time been making changes in their day-to-day running of vineyards and wineries. The best news for us is that the result is often better wines…Elgo Estate, in Victoria’s Strathbogie ranges, have a variety of measures to make their winery more sustainable including a wind turbine, generating renewable clean energy, significant water recycling, as well as large-scale tree-planting on the property…Bravo…and may the greening of our vineyards continue. Here’s a range (of wines) from producers at the forefront of a greener wine industry. Allira Shiraz 2006 $12. From the emerging Strathbogie region of Victoria this wine is a smart example of cool climate shiraz. With dark fruits and a spicy, meaty edge, it is made for a well-cooked steak.