Who We Are

2010 harvest. Image credit: Seresin Estate

Organic grape and wine production is a growing part of the New Zealand wine world. As of vintage 2015, approximately 6% of NZ vineyard land was certified organic, and more growers are in the process of adopting organic practices. 

Organic growers work in harmony with the rhythms and processes of nature, eliminating the need for synthetic chemicals and endeavouring to produce wines that are true to the earth.

As part of its commitment to sustainability, New Zealand Winegrowers supports and collaborates with Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ). OWNZ is a grower-led organisation dedicated to supporting and encouraging the production of high quality, organic and biodynamically grown wines.

For a list of organic wineries in New Zealand, visit the Organic Winegrowers NZ website

OWNZ engages in research and education to promote knowledge-sharing about organic growing, and also works to educate the wider world about New Zealand organic and biodynamic wines.

Projects include: the Organic Focus Vineyard Project (www.organicfocusvineyard.com), documenting the organic conversion process; field days and seminars to help growers learn about organic practices; and collective organic participation in wine events.

For general enquiries, contact the OWNZ coordinator:

Rebecca Reider

027 359 4522


Chair: Jonathan Hamlet, Villa Maria Estate

Vice Chair: James Millton, Millton Vineyards and Winery

Treasurer: Franzi Grab, Tua Marina Vineyards 

Communications: Mandy Weaver, Churton Wines

Research and Education: Bart Arnst, Marlborough Organics/The Darling

Rex Sunde, Artisan Wines

Advocacy: Jared White, BioGro NZ

 Julian Coakley, Woollaston Estates


Marlborough: Fabiano Frangi, Clos Henri

Nelson: Cameron Trott, Greenhough Wines

Canterbury: Nicolas Brown, Black Estate

Central Otago: Blair Deaker, Carrick Wines

Hawkes Bay: Jonathan Hamlet, Villa Maria Estate

Wairarapa: Angus Thomson, Urlar Estate

Gisborne: James Millton, Millton Vineyards and Winery

Auckland: Margaret Boswell, Turanga Creek