The sun doesn't only boost the flavour development in our grapes, it gives us power too. The northern side of our winery roof in the Awatere Valley is home to over 1,300 solar panels, one of the largest solar panel installations in New Zealand, capturing the plentiful Marlborough sunshine and transforming it into renewable energy to help run our winery operations.
We have also introduced an EV charging station to the winery, powered by the solar panels on our roof, for use by staff and visitors.
The solar array on our winery roof provides 15% of the power needed to run our winery. It is capable of generating almost half a million kW hours per year - enough to power 70 average New Zealand households - and offsets 82 tonnes of CO2 annually.