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Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand: A world leading certification programme.
Dr Edwin Massey
General Manager – New Zealand Winegrowers

New Zealand Wine reviewed the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand questionnaires to enhance alignment, robustness, and a focus on quantitative questions.

It is fundamental to set goals, establish baselines, and measure progress to continually improve if you are dedicated to sustainability. “If you can measure it, you can manage it” is a great mantra for everyone.

New Zealand Wine has six focus areas, which are aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals. This is the same framework used in Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

Focus Areas

  • Water
  • Soil
  • Pest & Disease
  • Waste
  • Climate Change
  • People

These focus areas and overarching goals guided the review. For instance, the old scorecards were not set up to track progress towards to goal of “carbon neutrality by 2050” or “zero waste to landfill by 2050”, Changes had to be made to track progress towards goals.

Changeing Scorecards to Questionnaires

New questionnaires were developed that reflected the six focus areas and key components within each focus area. Increased quantitative reporting enabled more benchmarking reports to be produced and these help growers measure progress against themselves in past seasons and against their other vineyards.

Please read through the presentation which goes into this review in more detail. For more information on the six areas of focus, see the links at the bottom.

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