Spy Valley Wines
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).
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… Continue reading →
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… Continue reading →