What Sustainability Means to Us

Sustainable Because

To New Zealand’s winemakers and grape growers, sustainability means delivering excellent wine to consumers while helping the natural environment, local businesses and communities involved to thrive.

For New Zealand’s wine industry it represents a commitment to protect the places that make our famous wines.

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand is widely recognised as a world-leading sustainability programme and was one of the first to be established in the international wine industry.

We want to ensure that our activities lead to continuously improving economic, environmental and social outcomes, locally and globally.

Sustainability Report Cover 2016

New Zealand Winegrowers’ Sustainability Policy requires all wine to be made from 100% certified grapes in fully certified winemaking facilities.

Monitor, measure, reduce...Repeat.

Sustainable certification must be awarded through an independently audited programme - either Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand or a recognised organic or biodynamic certifications. 
Today, 98% of New Zealand’s vineyard producing area is Sustainable Winegrowing NZ certified, with another 7% operating under recognised certified organic programmes. In addition, 95% of wine production is processed in Sustainable Winegrowing NZ accredited wineries and bottling plants.
New Zealand Winegrowers released their first Sustainability Report using data from the programme in early 2017.


Approved sustainable winemaking acrediation programmes operating in New Zealand
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