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Looking after the next generation

Being environmentally responsible is inherent in the long term view we take of the wine business. As a family owned New Zealand business. We at Villa Maria believe that sustainability is not an end point but a journey and therefore we are always finding ways to embed sustainable principles into the culture of the organisation.


Getting gold for going green

Green Ribbon Awards


Supreme Winner

Sustainable Business Network


Supreme Winner

Sustainable Business Network


Supreme Winner



An environmental management system that systematically reduces the environmental impact of our wine production

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ)

We have been a member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) since its inception in 1995. All of our company vineyards and winery sites are either accredited by SWNZ or in the case of new sites, in the process of gaining accreditation.


In February 2009, we were the first major New Zealand winery to achieve BioGro organic certification for our winery and bottling facilities in Auckland, enabling us to trace organic certification for our organic wines from grape to bottle.

Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS)

CEMARS is an internationally recognised carbon reduction programme developed in New Zealand by Landcare Research and focuses solely on measuring and managing an organisation’s carbon footprint or greenhouse gas emissions profile.

In 2010 we started measuring all carbon emissions from the growing of grapes, winemaking and bottling as well as contributing emissions from vehicles, freight, air travel and manufacture of packaging. If you can measure it, you can manage it!


Find out more about our journey

Download our sustainability brochure here