Sustainability within our business
We are fully certified under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and the International Organisation of Standardisation Environmental System (ISO 14001:2015).
This means that sustainability is a very important part of our business. Every decision we make is carefully thought through, so that we understand if it will cause any negative impact on the environment. We work hard to reduce this, to an absolute minimum and then to offset any. As a small, hands on team, we are very aware of everything that we do, even more so as we don’t outsource anything! Our autonomy gives us control, accountability and responsibility and that’s just how we like it.
Lawson’s Dry Hills is one of New Zealand’s leading wine producers when it comes to sustainability credentials. We have full accreditation with the rigorous, internationally recognised ISO environmental management programme ISO14001 and as a result, have one of the lowest uses of power and water per litre of wine produced. We also think carefully about our packaging choices. Our lightweight bottles are made in New Zealand with a minimum of 70% recycled content and the paper for our wine labels comes from certified, sustainably managed forests. Our cartons are made from 100% recycled fibre and our pallet shrink-wrap is 100% biodegradable.
We have also embarked on ISO14064, a programme to become carbon neutral by March 2021.
We have recently completed the installation of 200 solar panels, providing the optimum 30% of our power needs. We are also capturing and recycling rainwater from the winery roof and restoring the native wetlands at our Waihopai vineyard.
Sustainable Winegrowing NZ™
This programme, initiated in 1997, is widely recognised as world-leading and was one of the first to be established in the international wine industry.
SWNZ provides a ‘best practice’ model of environmental management in the vineyard and winery. It is a proactive management system that enables winegrowers to produce high quality wine using environmentally responsible and economically viable methods.
For more details about Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand standards click here
ISO Management Systems Standard
The internationally recognised ISO Environmental Management Systems Standard 14001 standardises a process to effectively control and continuously improve an organisation’s environmental performance. This enables efficient identification and control of the environmental impact of business activities, services and products, as well as provide a systematised ability to benchmark and achieve environmental objectives.
ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS).
In addition to our commitment to sustainability we are also certified under Appellation Marlborough Wine
Lawson’s Dry Hills were among the first to adopt the Appellation Marlborough Wine certification as soon as it became available (from the 2018 vintage). We feel it is a strong tool that helps us to promote our Sauvignon Blanc as truly Marlborough.
Appellation Marlborough Wine is a quality mark for the region’s highly renown Sauvignon Blanc. It is a timely evolution, established to protect the integrity of Marlborough wine in the marketplace. It is a promise of origin, integrity, authenticity and sustainability that the wine-buying public of the world can see and trust. To qualify for the certification, wines must adhere to strict criteria including the grapes being 100% from Marlborough, grown by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand-certified vineyards from managed yields and be bottled in New Zealand.