• NMIT logo
  • Te Pūkenga logo

Sustainability in the New Zealand Wine Industry

Discover the sustainable wine industry in New Zealand, from the processes and principles to sustainability certifications.

673 enrolled on this course

Sustainability in the New Zealand Wine Industry

Explore how sustainable wine production works

New Zealand is a “new world” producer of wines, innovating to provide high-quality products assisted by technology and driven by sustainability.

On this four-week course from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), you’ll explore the concept of sustainable wine production, from a sustainable way of managing the environment called kaitiakitanga, to the vision and purpose of the sustainable wine label Tohu.

Investigate the benefits and challenges of regenerative agriculture

Wine grapes are grown in three ways: conventionally, organically, and biodynamically. These different sustainable management systems have some similarities and some differences, and which is used will depend on a number of factors.

You’ll look at each approach, learning the key principles that set them apart and comparing their techniques, benefits, and challenges. You’ll also cover regenerative agriculture as a whole, delving into the science and principles behind it.

Discover different sustainable certifications, including the ISO 14001

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) is a certification programme created to provide a ‘best practice’ model of environmental practices in the vineyards and wineries in New Zealand.

On this course, you’ll look at the various certifications recognised by SWNZ, from BioGro’s organic certification to the ISO 14001. You’ll delve into what these certifications mean, why they’re important to the sustainable wine industry, and the process of achieving them.

Learn from the experts at NMIT

NMIT is located in the main wine region of New Zealand, with 78% of the wine grape production. Sharing their campus with government research institutes focused on the wine industry, their faculty are experts in the field of viticulture and winemaking.

What topics will you cover?

  • Sustainable management systems including; conventional, organic, biodynamic and biological farming

  • Compare international sustainable production protocols including accreditation and certification processes

  • Assess and critique the sustainability of a wine production system

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Summarise the concept of sustainable wine production
  • Compare different sustainable management systems including; conventional, organic, biodynamic and biological farming
  • Explore the sustainability aspects of a wine production system

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in the wine industry and how sustainable processes are used. It will be particularly useful if you are involved in the New Zealand wine industry.

Who developed the course?

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)

NMIT is a comprehensive government owned institute delivering higher-level education in the Nelson Marlborough region of New Zealand. NMIT is a Category 1 institution, the highest national level of ranking for an institution.

  • Established

  • Location

    Nelson, New Zealand

Te Pūkenga

Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology is the New Zealand governmental network of 16 subsidiary tertiary education providers, which were formerly known as institutes of technology and polytechnics. The network delivers world class professional, vocational, and applied learning from certificate through to PhD level.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

Want to know more about learning on FutureLearn? Using FutureLearn

Learner reviews

Learner reviews cannot be loaded due to your cookie settings. Please and refresh the page to view this content.

Join this course

Start this course for free, upgrade for extra benefits, or buy Unlimited to access this course and hundreds of other short courses for a year.



Join free and you will get:

  • Access to this course for 6 weeks



Upgrade this course and you will get:

  • Access to this course for as long as it’s on FutureLearn
  • A print and digital Certificate of Achievement once you’re eligible


$279.99 for one year

Buy Unlimited and you will get:

  • Access to this course, and hundreds of other FutureLearn short courses and tests for a year
  • A printable digital Certificate of Achievement on all short courses once you’re eligible
  • The freedom to keep access to any course you've achieved a digital Certificate of Achievement on, for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn
  • The flexibility to complete your choice of short courses in your own time within the year

Find out more about upgrades or Unlimited.

Do you know someone who'd love this course? Tell them about it...