Proud to be Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and ISO 14001:2015 Accredited

What does this mean?

Sustainability means delivering excellent wine to consumers in a way that enables the natural environment, the businesses and the communities involved, to thrive.

Under New Zealand Winegrowers’ Sustainability Policy, wine must be made from 100% certified grapes in fully certified winemaking facilities and certification must be through an independently audited programme — either Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand or one of the recognised organic or biodynamic certifications.

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand was established in 1994 as an industry initiative directed through New Zealand Winegrowers and was commercially introduced in 1997 and adopted by growers from all the grape-growing regions. The introduction of winery standards in 2002 has been a significant development, which further substantiates the industry commitment to sustainable production.

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand was developed in order to:

  •  Provide a ‘best practice’ model of environmental practices in the vineyard and winery.
  • Guarantee better quality assurance from the vineyard through to the bottle.
  • Address consumer concerns regarding products which are made taking care to respect the environment.
  • Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand is an integral part of the future of New Zealand wine production. As such, the programme aims to deliver the following benefits:
  • A framework for viticultural and winemaking practices that protect the environment while efficiently and economically producing premium wine grapes and wine.
  • A programme of continual improvement to ensure companies operate with a goal of improving their operational practices.
  • A platform for technology transfer so that companies are kept up to date regarding any new technology and its application.
  • An external audit structure that has integrity and rigour to comply with market expectations.
  • Opportunity to be a part of the positive future and the New Zealand Wine industry goal of 100% of grape growers and winemakers operating under approved independently audited sustainability programs.
  • Blind River Estate is also has full certification under the AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System.


The Lawson’s Dry Hills Environmental Management System (EMS) shall include the growing of grapes from the company-owned and leased vineyards (map showing geographical locations), as well as the production, packaging and storage of wine made at the Marlborough winery, insuring the full lifecycle of the wine between production and sale is covered i.e all environmental conditions related to climate, air, soil, terroir.

Lawson’s Dry Hills is fully certified under the international standards of ISO 14001. ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that provides a framework for an organisation to follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements. The company also achieved full certification having undergone the ISO14001:2015 revision.

What is ISO 14001:2015? Environmental Management Systems Standard

The International Organisation of Standardization (ISO) defines an environmental management system as ‘part of the management system used to manage environmental aspects, fulfil compliance obligations and address risks and opportunities.’ ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS).

ISO 14001:2015 revision covers the following topics with regards to environmental management systems and is relevant to all organisations, regardless of size, location, sector or industry:

  • Context of the organisation
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Support
  • Operations
  • Performance evaluation
  • Improvement

There are ten major areas of impact of the 2015 revision:

  • Expansion in EMS coverage and scope
  • Required interactions with external parties
  • New requirements for leadership engagement
  • Expanded legal compliance requirements
  • Need for risk-based planning and controls
  • New documentation requirements
  • Expanded operational control requirements
  • Changes in competence and awareness requirements
  • Impacts on the internal audit program
  • Increased certification costs

Using ISO 14001:2015 has many benefits for organisations with environmental management systems. Organisations find that using the standard helps them:

  • Improve resource efficiency
  • Reduce waste
  • Drive down costs
  • Provide assurance that environmental impact is being measured
  • Gain competitive advantage in supply chain design
  • Increase new business opportunities
  • Meet legal obligations
  • Increase stakeholder and customer trust
  • Improve overall environmental impact
  • Manage environmental obligations with consistency

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