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Mission Estate Winery

Mission Estate Winery

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon Blends
  • Sparkling
  • Syrah
  • Pinot Gris
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Riesling

Mission Estate Winery is the birthplace of New Zealand wine, established in 1851 by French Marist missionaries. With over 160 years of winemaking tradition, we embrace both old world artistry passed down from the early winemaking pioneers, with leading edge technology. The result is an award-winning range of distinctly New Zealand wines.
Precision Viticulture allows us to optimise vineyard performance and our ongoing dedication to sustainable practices means Mission is one of the most energy efficient wineries in New Zealand.

Phone: 06 845 9350
Fax: 06 844 6023

198 Church Rd
Napier, 4112

P O Box 7043
Hawke's Bay, 4141

Sustainability Stories

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Our Sustainability Story


Our sustainability story:
1998: Among the first pioneering wineries to establish an environmental management system (EMS) and have it ISO 14001 certified
A project was soon set up to measure our environmental impacts such as water and power use
A strong culture of environmental awareness has developed amongst staff with a commitment to minimise our environmental footprint and to maintain our EMS.
Consequently our rate of water use per tonne is very low; our target water use is less than 2 cubic metres per tonne of grapes produced:

The Mission winery uses virtually no fossil fuels; our energy use is primarily from electricity which is generated from over 60% renewable resources in New Zealand. We continue to lower our energy use with a target of less than 0.2 kWh per litre of wine production:

In an industry benchmarking study of the 2004 year the Mission Winery was the lowest wine industry energy user in New Zealand. We continue to use even less energy in 2012 relative to the rest of the wine industry
2001: Began an EMS project to improve the soil health of our Gimblett Gravels vineyards
2004: began using organic based fertilisers in our vineyards
2009: began a conversion to organic methods in selected vineyards as part of the Organics Project.

We're proud to remain as energy efficient as ever...


Over the period of the last 13 months Mission Estate Winery has increased its tank configuration to increase processing capacity that will enable the winery to process the fruit off its new Marlborough vineyard. Up till this time it has been possible to house all winery vessels under cover, and in doing so minimise energy use and maximise the wineries potential as a sustainable producer. However due to the demand for extra capacity it has been necessary to install some new tank capacity outside the winery buildings on a dedicated exterior concrete pad.

Mindful of maintaining the wineries very low energy use, the intention is to utilise the extra capacity situated outside the winery buildings only during vintage and the winter months. This is the time frame where extra capacity is required. The intention is not to use the new capacity on the exterior pad after the month of August in each calendar year.

In April 2012 the new exterior tanks were first used to cope with a large fruit intake for the 2012 vintage. There has been no evidence of an increase in relative energy use. Indeed the 10 year average energy use is 0.184 kWh per litre of wine produced. In the year to June 30 2011 energy use was 0.142 kWh per litre of wine produced. In the year to June 30 2012 energy use was 0.124 kWh per litre of wine produced. Economies of scale are off setting any extra energy use associated with tanks situated outside of the winery building.

It is anticipated that the winery will achieve a result of less than 0.13 kWh per litre of wine produced in the year to June 2013. We’re proud to say we remain as energy efficient as ever.