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 Maori word Toitū (pron. toy-TOO) refers to the life-force of the land and can be interpreted as ‘eternally sustainable’. For New Zealand’s wine industry it represents a commitment to protect the places that make our famous wines, and to ensure that our activities lead to continuously improving economic, environmental and social outcomes, locally and globally.
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand is widely recognised as a world-leading sustainability programme and was one of the first to be established in the international wine industry.
New Zealand Winegrowers’ Sustainability Policy requires all wine to be made from 100% certified grapes in fully certified winemaking facilities. Sustainable certification must be awarded through an independently audited programme - either Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand or a recognised organic or biodynamic certifications.
New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability Report
The 2016 season saw the largest number of member audits undertaken since the inception of the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme. This enabled a large amount of data to be collected and high quality, comprehensive reporting to be generated.
New Zealand Winegrowers released their first Sustainability Report using data from the programme in early 2017. The Report brings to life all of the incredible work being undertaken by members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, and we’re very proud to share it with you.