What Sustainability Means to Us

For New Zealand’s wine industry, it means 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 in 1997.

In the mid-1990s, after considerable testing, the industry launched this holistic vineyard programme. SWNZ was designed to provide a 'best practice' model of environmental practices in the vineyard and winery.

Realising the New Zealand wine industry can achieve more together than alone, the programme was elected by grape growers across the country, followed by wineries with the establishment of sustainable winery certification standards in 2002.

Today, 98% of New Zealand’s vineyard producing area is Sustainable Winegrowing NZ certified, with 7% also operating under recognised certified organic programmes.

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 certification.

Recognised certification programmes include AsureQuality, BioGro-NZ, Demeter, ISO 140001 and New Zealand Winegrowers’ own certification programme, Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand®, SWNZ®.


Approved sustainable winemaking acrediation programmes operating in New Zealand

Key focus areas of the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme include Waste, Water, Pest and Disease, Climate Action and People. These align with several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as adhering to standards and guidelines issued by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

New Zealand Winegrowers announced a bold Sustainability Policy in 2007 following industry-wide consultation.

Under New Zealand Winegrowers’ Sustainability Policy, wine must be made from 100% certified grapes in 100% certified winemaking facilities that are independently audited.

Meeting the requirements of the New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability Policy allows wine businesses to enter New Zealand Winegrowers industry events, promotions and awards.


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