Sustainability

Sustainably Produced

The Maori word Toitū (pron. toy-TOO) refers to the life-force of the land and can be interpreted as meaning "eternally sustainable”. For us it represents the New Zealand wine industry’s commitment to… more

Sustainability as a Culture

Imagine a land so remote that no European set foot on it until the 18th Century. A land with a history of mechanical cultivation that only goes back two hundred years. A… more

Caring for the Environment

In keeping with our heritage of kaitiakitanga, the wine industry’s roots are deeply embedded in sustainability. Even as New Zealand was establishing itself as a serious wine-producing nation in the 1990s, industry… more

Our Vineyards

May 2014

  • 94.0% Certified Sustainable
  • 6.8% Certified Organic
  • 0.2% Certified Biodynamic

Sustainability in Action

And so it begins...

Posted by Gladstone Vineyard

Prior to 2005 Gladstone Vineyard grew grapes conventionally. Chemicals had long been an accepted part of grape growing and we relied on them heavily. It was not until we attended a seminar challenging the conventional approach that we realised it was no longer suitable for us as a serious wine producer. We were shown the flaws in our current practices and offered alternative methods for producing wine in a more environmentally-responsible manner. We began to look at treating the causes of disease in our vines rather than simply chemically-treating the symptoms. The first change we implemented was to re-sow the ground beneath our vines with a diverse soil-building seed-mix of…

What does “sustainable” mean for NZ wine?

For us, sustainability means delivering excellent wine to consumers in a way that enables the natural environment, the businesses and the communities involved, to thrive. We’ve identified seven “pillars” as our key… more

Towards 100% sustainability

In 2007, after wide consultation, New Zealand Winegrowers launched an ambitious Sustainability Policy. Its goal: by 2012, all New Zealand wines would be produced under independently audited environmental programmes. The Policy was… more

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Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand was established in 1994 as an industry initiative directed through New Zealand Winegrowers and was commercially introduced in… more

Organic Production

Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ) is a growers’ association dedicated to supporting and encouraging the production of high quality organic wines. Find… more