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Tohu Wines

Tohu Wines is the first Māori owned company in the Nelson Marlborough region and one that is leading the way with the concept of kaitiaikitanga and sustainability.

The New Zealand wine industry

This video showcases the New Zealand wine industry. You will hear the presenters taking about the principle of kaitiakitanga, caring for the land so the land gives back. Various presenters …

Summary of winery waste

Waste water and solid waste are the main winery waste (marc, is grape skins and seeds). These wastes are full of nutrients. The biggest issue for wineries is containing these …

What is sustainability?

What does the word sustainability make you think of? Take a few moments and quickly write down some of your ideas. This is a definition that is widely used. ‘Sustainability …

Triple bottom line

Sustainability allows systems and processes to endure. This means they can ‘survive’ well into the future with no interruption. Often the environment is the first thought when we are considering …

Organic Farming

BioGro’s key principles of organic farming: Encouraging and enhancing biological cycles; Maintaining an improving long-term soil structure and fertility; Practising humane management of livestock; Maintaining genetic diversity; Cycling organic matter …

Introduction to Biodynamics

Principles of biodynamic Agriculture Application of sound organic principles; Development of an attitude of respect for and interest towards Nature; Development of the farm, as far as possible, into a …

Sustainability Certification in the Wine Industry

Some of the certifications for the wine industry are National e.g. SWNZ (New Zealand) Regional e.g. Lodi rules (California) Umbrella groups e.g. entwine (Australia) and Some certificates focus on only …

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand

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 …

6 Principles of Regenerative Agriculture

The cultivation of wine grapes is fraught with difficulties. Extremes in climate, such as heat and diminishing water resources, are already placing strain on the business. Consumer concerns about the …

Next steps

Interested in getting amongst the grape vines and wine in Marlborough? We hope you learnt some exciting new things about New Zealand and the wine industry in this short course! …

How well are we doing?

The latest KPI’s (key performance indicators) in March 2021 are showing that almost half, 149.7 million liters of wine, are exported in flexi’s, the bulk bags. This is almost 50% …

The treatment of wastewater

There are many ways to improve wastewater before a treatment process. These can be; Using minimal and environmentally friendly cleaning products. Removing solids from the wastewater. Checking the water pH …

Secondary wastewater treatment

Anaerobic ponds: Anaerobic ponds operate in a series and can occupy a large area. Initial settling begins in the first pond where a slow microbial conversion of the nutrients commences. …