In celebration of Organic Wine Week, we’re sharing stories from those people are champions for organic winegrowing in New Zealand. First up is Mandy Weaver, founder of Churton along with her partner and winemaker Sam Weaver.
Wineries in Waipara Valley participate in Greening Waipara - a biodiversity improvement programme. The programme focuses on planting and maintaining native species in and around vineyards which in turn improves habitats for beneficial insects.
The native plantings in the Greening Waipara project have been shown to enhance:
+ biological control of pests and diseases
+ weed suppression
+ soil fertility
The New Zealand falcon (Karearea) is rarer than a kiwi and is New Zealand’s most endangered bird of prey. These natural
predators are an excellent resource in the vineyard, deterring other birds from damaging grape crops. Wineries in Marlborough and Wairarapa have supported the threatened species in their vineyards in an effort to restore the bird’s population.
The ‘Tui to Town’ project aims to help restore some of Marlborough’s past natural environment to support the native bird population on the Wairau Plains.
The project brings council, community and the private sector together to increase the size of the natural tui habitat on public and private land.