Sustainability

Why is sustainability important?

What is 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

The Food Farm

Posted by Tongue in Groove Wines

The international headquarters for Tongue in Groove is The Food Farm in the heart of the Waipara Valley. It's here that 'The Tongue' and 'The Vine Tender' live with their family. It's an organic property, based on permaculture design and provides them with enough food to be reasonably self-sufficient. The menagerie includes a milking cow (Twiggy), ducks, hens, sheep, pigs and even NZ White rabbits bred for meat. They also produce all of their own fruit and vegetables. They venture into the environment surrounding the North Canterbury vineyards as well to forage a wide range of food throughout the seasons. You can follow their food and wine-growing adventures on Instagram…

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