Sustainability

We’re committed to protecting the places that make our famous wines.

Sustainability is an integral part of the New Zealand wine industry. New Zealand’s winemakers and grape growers are committed to crafting exceptional wine while helping the natural environment, local businesses and communities to thrive.

New Zealand Wine has six sustainability focus areas aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; Water, Waste, Pest and Disease, Soil, Climate Change and People. 

We were the first wine industry to establish a national sustainability programme. Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand™ (SWNZ) first started as an industry initiative in 1994 and then was introduced commercially to the whole industry in 1997. More than twenty years later, SWNZ is still widely recognised as world-leading, with 98% of New Zealand’s vineyard producing area certified by the programme.

Organic grape and wine production is a growing part of the New Zealand wine world. Ten per cent of New Zealand wineries now hold organic certification, including many of our iconic, world-renowned producers. Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ) is a grower-led organisation dedicated to supporting and encouraging the production of high quality, organic and biodynamically grown wines.

Kaitiakitanga is the Māori concept of guardianship and protecting the environment.

A kaitiaki is a person or group that is recognised as a guardian by the tangata whenua. As all New Zealand Winegrowers members are responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the New Zealand wine industry, we can be considered kaitiaki, protecting the places that create our exceptional wines.

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