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Blair and Estelle Hunt on Sustainable Viticulture

This show was published 04 January 2008


Bald Hills is SWNZ (Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand) accredited. The SWNZ standards relate to how the land is being looked after and what the vineyard is doing to reduce their carbon footprint. Sustainability is about both ensuring the land is sustained for future generations and enabling the people involved to make a sustainable living from that land. By 2012 all New Zealand growers are expected to be operating under sustainable conditions and be SWNZ accredited. Bald Hills is leading the way and was awarded the inaugural IWC Planet Earth award for sustainability in 2007.

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand is an integral part of the future of New Zealand wine production. As such, the programme aims to deliver the following benefits to its members:

- A framework for viticultural and winemaking practices that protect the environment while efficiently and economically producing premium winegrapes and wine.

- A format of continual improvement to ensure companies operate with a goal of improving their operational practices.

- A vehicle for technology transfer so that companies are kept informed of new technology and its application.

- An audit structure that has integrity and rigour to comply with market expectations.

- Opportunity to be a part of the positive future for New Zealand grape growers and winemakers


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