Sustainable Growing Takes Hold in New Zealand

    The New Zealand Winegrowers group has signed up almost 80% of the country’s vineyards to its sustainable winegrowing program, the National Business News reports.

     There are 1,000 vineyards covering 22,500 hectares now involved, along with 100 wineries representing more than 75% of domestic wine production.

     The Sustainable Winegrowing program was established in 1995. Last year, the association set a goal of signing up all New Zealand growers by the 2012 vintage.

     New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan says there is increasing importance placed on sustainably-produced products. There has also been a surge of interest in organic and biodynamic grape growing and winemaking, he adds.

Posted in Wine and the Environment
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