While we may be here for a short time, our impact can last longer than a lifetime. To our industry, sustainability means growing grapes and producing our world-famous wines in such a way that we can do so for generations to come.
The New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability Report provides a snapshot of our sustainability journey. Our world-leading Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) certification programme lives at the heart of this discussion. In 2022, backing up claims with evidence has never been more important, and the empirical data we have collected through the SWNZ programme places us well to meet the challenge.
Over 96% of all vineyard area in Aotearoa New Zealand is now certified as sustainable through the SWNZ programme. This is what makes our industry unique in the world. It’s an achievement we can all be proud of, but the real work is ensuring we not only sustain but elevate our position with an enduring commitment to continuous improvement.