Mission Estate Winery
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.
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… Continue reading →
In 2005 Mission built a new environmentally friendly winery. It is fully insulated and the refrigeration system was designed to minimise energy use. As a result, only a little over a third of our electricity use is used for refrigeration; the industry norm is for one half to two thirds use in refrigeration. Currently Mission uses just over 0.1 kWh of electricity per litre of wine produced (the industry average is around 0.5 kWh). In 2012 Mission Estate Winery crushed 1600 tonnes of grapes yet used only the electricity the average 300 tonne winery would use. Mission Estate Winery uses… Continue reading →