In addition to our Sustainable Status, Misha’s Vineyard has a program for protection of heritage sites on the vineyard, with the documenting and classifying with the New Zealand Department of Conservation of historic goldmining remnants found on the vineyard . These include tailing and gold panning sites in the gullies and creeks. We believe that the sites where goldmining remnants remain – no matter how small – should be kept in tact for future generations to observe and study.We have also supported “Project Gold” – a Department of Conservation initiated project dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Golden Kowhai trees in Otago. The Golden Kowhai once formed a significant part of the Central Otago landscape and is one of our best known and loved indigenous trees, ingrained in our history and Maori culture. Kowhai trees once flourished throughout Otago with golden flowers lighting up the hills in spring, attracting visitors and birds. Over time the agricultural development reduced the number of kowhai to just a few stands in some of the less developed gullies and hillsides.As part of the program Misha’s Vineyard has purchased seedlings and planted stands of Golden Kowhais as well as native Kanuaka and Manuka which will develop over the next few years and will attract back to the region many of the native birds that feed on the seeds of these beautiful trees.