Sustainability

Why is sustainability important?

What is sustainability?

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

Sustainably Produced

New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability report To New Zealand’s winemakers and grape growers, sustainability means delivering excellent wine to consumers while helping the natural environment, local businesses and communities involved to thrive. The… more

Our Vineyards

Oct 2016

  • 98.0% Certified Sustainable
  • 7.0% Certified Organic
  • 0.2% Certified Biodynamic

Sustainability in Action

Engaging and supporting the local community

Posted by Villa Maria

As any sustainable business has to be, Villa Maria is passionate about the development and happiness of their staff; as well as the people of the surrounding community. We have been an equal opportunity employer for many years, in the 1960s becoming one of the first New Zealand wine companies to employ female wine sales representatives. Villa Maria Estate has maintained a long standing relationship with the people of Mangere, the suburb in which its Auckland Winery is located. We contributed to the Mangere Heritage Trail working group and currently partner with the local community and the Makaurau Marae in efforts to protect local heritage zones for future generations. This…

New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability Report

New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability report To New Zealand’s winemakers and grape growers, sustainability means delivering excellent wine to consumers while helping the natural environment, local businesses and communities involved to thrive. The… more

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 Winegrowing New Zealand

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