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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.

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Getting gold for going green

Green Ribbon Awards

2012

Supreme Winner

Sustainable Business Network

2012

Supreme Winner

Sustainable Business Network

2010

Supreme Winner

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ISO14001

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 grapes grown for our wines from our company vineyards and grape growers vineyards are fully SWNZ accredited. Our wineries are also fully SWNZ accredited.

BioGro

In 2007, we achieved full organic Biogro accreditation for our first vineyard. Currently, 30% of our company owned vineyards are either fully Biogro certified or in various stages of transition (a 3 year process) to become BioGro certified. Many of the organic techniques that we use in our BioGro accredited vineyards are also used in our SWNZ accredited vineyards and we are continually refining and improving our growing systems to preserve our environment and enhance wine quality. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to caring for the environment which begins in the vineyards.

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