The Worlds Most Sustainable Vineyard!

I need to plan a trip to New Zealand

Between the Tasman Sea and the South Pacific lies New Zealand

Between the Tasman Sea and the South Pacific lies New Zealand

Recently we received an invitation to a friends wedding in New Zealand.  It was going to be held at a Winery in Tauranga, North Island New Zealand in the heart of wine country. This piqued my interest in researching the place they were going to get married, the Mills Reef Winery.  I called up their website and from there it led me to the other great wine makers in the Marlborough region of New Zealand!

How can a Winery be sustainable?

Peter Yealand of Yealand Winery on the North Island of New Zealand has worked out a sustainable carbon zero method for producing wines. At his winery in the Awatere Valley in the Marlborough region, Peter’s motto is “Think Boldly, Tread Lightly and never let it be said it can’t be done!”

He must be doing something right, his single block 2012 Sauvignon Blanc was recognized as the worlds best at the 2012 International Wine Challenge!

Yealands is the first winery to earn the CarboNZero Certification.  They have reduced the glass bottle weight, installed new boilers to reduce LPG usage and moved shipping ports closer to their winery. Read more about CarboNZero and their sustainability program at the following link;

New Zealand has a Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand Programme which was started in 1995

Today 510 Vineyards and 85 Wineries in the 10 wine growing regions of New Zealand have  joined this program.  Other sustainable winery programs have also been started in California, South Africa and Australia.  These four nations have worked together to standardize protocols that they can adhere to.

Refer to the Wine Institute to see what Greenhouse Gas protocols they promote and follow;

“The International Wine Industry Greenhouse Gas Protocol and Accounting Tool, developed through a partnership between the Wine Institute of California, New Zealand Winegrowers, South Africa ‘s Integrated Production of Wine program, and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, was developed for use by the global wine industry. The goal of the project partners was to provide a free, easy-to-use, wine industry specific, greenhouse gas (GHG) protocol and calculator that will measure the carbon footprints of winery and vineyard operations of all sizes.”

Promote sustainability by drinking wines from sustainable vineyards!

Award winning Sauvignon Blanc!

Award winning Sauvignon Blanc!

Wouldn’t it be nice if all Agricultural Pursuits followed a protocol to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions?


About rsingram

Environmental Specialist, Disaster Reservist, Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Para-Archeologist
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