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Sustainable Winegrowing NZ

The history of Sustainable Winegrowing NZ (SWNZ)

This week we have included a PowerPoint on sustainability. SWNZ stands for Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. SWNZ is a part of New Zealand Wine (NZ Wine) which encompasses most wine growing in New Zealand.

In 1995, the New Zealand wine industry launched SWNZ as a vineyard sustainability programme. SWNZ was designed to provide a ‘best practice’ model of environmental practices in the vineyards and wineries in New Zealand.

In 2002 SWNZ certification was extended to include wineries and a winery certification standard was introduced.

Today, 96% of New Zealand’s vineyard producing area is Sustainable Winegrowing NZ™ certified, with 10% also operating under recognised certified organic programmes.

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