Sustainable Wines

What are Sustainable Wines?

Sustainable wine, where we got our brand name, can be defined as wines that are grown in an ecologically and economically responsible manner, organically as much as possible, while still retaining the means to respond to problems that may ruin a harvest.

The vineyards are often in marginal climates, and producers will only use minimal chemical synthetic additives to save the harvest as a last resort, and not at all in many vintages.

Sustainable producers care deeply about the environment where they work and live, and focus on improving their land for future generations, from adding biodiversity of flora and fauna species through to improving the soil, water and air around them, and focusing on renewable energy as much as possible.

Sustainable wine producers also consider packaging and bottling sources and the impact of winegrowing to land surrounding their vineyards. They ensure complete accountability of production, with every stage of the winegrowing and winemaking journey traceable and accounted for.

NZ Winegrowers is the certifying body for Sustainability in NZ vineyards - currently 94% of NZ vineyards are certified sustainable.

Here are some examples of sustainable initiatives from Spy Valley Wines, Marlborough, NZ:

  • They have a glass crushing machine and crush all company and staff members' waste glass into a fine glass dust. This is then mixed with mulch and distributed below the grapevines to enhance light reflection into the vines.
  • They have moved from using diatomaceous earth as a filtering aid, to using a product called Perlite. Unlike earth, this product can be tipped directly into the grape marc which is then used in organic mulch and supplementary farm feed. This reduces our landfill input by eliminating the need for skips for the waste earth
  • Their winery wastewater is treated onsite and pumped over the winery lawn
  • Their waste plastic is baled onsite and sent to Christchurch for recycling, as is our waste cardboard. We are also active members of TerraNova - a non-profit organisation which links one company's waste to another who might have a use for it eg. old pallets
  • In the vineyard they minimise spraying and use environmentally 'friendly' sprays wherever possible
  • In the office they distribute their company newsletter by e-mail to 75% of recipients. They intend to make this 100% as soon as everyone catches on to technology. They recycle their used printer cartridges, waste paper, magazines, kitchen plastics, cans and they have even taken the step of planting vegetable gardens, which will result in sustainable produce for the company dinner table one day.

 View our list of sustainably certified wines below:


    • NZ Sauvignon Blanc, Ohau Gravels 2014
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      NZ Sauvignon Blanc, Ohau Gravels 2014