Spy Valley Wines
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Noir
- Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon Blends
- Pinot Gris
On the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Waihopai Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka river are the vineyards of Johnson Estate. Nine varieties of grapes are grown over 400 acres, producing fruit for Spy Valley Wines. Unlike the world of espionage, Spy Valley Wine has demanded global attention and collected many accolades, recently receiving the IWSC New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year for the second time (2010 & 2008).
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37 Lake Timara Rd
37 Lake Timara Rd
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Our environment is the most important thing we have, without it there is no Spy Valley Wines. In March 2010 Spy Valley became ISO 14001 certified, an international environmental standard.
One of the initiatives we undertook to gain this certification was importing a glass crushing machine to recycle and crush the company's glass to a fine glass dust. This is then mixed with mulch and distributed below the grapevines to enhance light reflection into the vines.
We are continually looking at ways we can reduce waste. We have moved from using diatomaceous earth as a filtering aid, to using a product called Perlite. Unlike earth, this product can be tipped directly into the grape marc which is then used in organic mulch and supplementary farm feed. This reduces our landfill input by eliminating the need for skips for the waste earth.
Our winery wastewater is treated onsite and pumped over the winery lawn.
Our waste plastic is baled onsite and sent to Christchurch for recycling, as is our waste cardboard. We are also active members of TerraNova - a non-profit organisation which links one company's waste to another who might have a use for it eg. old pallets.
This ISO 14001 policy provides the basis for everything we do at Spy Valley so we continue to improve our sustainable practices, reduce waste and protect our environment.
Solar Power: Sustainability that means something
Family owned Marlborough Winery Spy Valley Wines has flicked the switch and is now generating some of its own power, via recently installed solar panels.
In mid-August, 211 solar panels were installed on the roof of Spy Valley’s winery, creating a 52KW solar power system. It officially started generating power for the winery in late October.
The installation of these solar panels makes Spy Valley Winery the largest solar producing winery in New Zealand. Spy Valley’s system is believed to be the 5th largest solar system in New Zealand.
“Marlborough is widely acknowledged as one of the sunniest destinations in the country. I had often wondered why solar power generation wasn’t more widely used in the region,” said Blair Gibbs, General Manager of Spy Valley Wines.
Spy Valley Winery power usage for the year-end 30 June 2013 was 610,000 KW. This installation of the solar panels will generate some 15% of estimated future usage. The payback period is calculated to be eight years but will reduce as power prices increase, which is a long-term trend. Spy Valley hopes that they will be able to produce their own electricity in future for $0.06 per kWh, a substantial reduction on current market prices.
Put simply, solar panels work by absorbing light from the sun. Semi conductors mounted onto the panels absorb the light, exciting electrons. The Direct Current produced is then converted into alternating current, thus creating usable power.
Early results show the system is performing well above the initial expectation.
“The rationale for us to adopt solar power was mainly to reduce our own power costs, and to become more aware of how much we actually consume. We have a reputation as innovators and hope that our adoption of solar power, even just for partial power generation, can be held up as an example to other businesses.
“Much is made of marketing sustainability. It takes many forms and means different things to different businesses and markets. For us, using solar energy is a sound business investment, which in turn supports sustainability. It ‘s a no-brainer!” said Blair Gibbs.