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.
We have some neat projects underway at the moment (June 2020) including the installation of solar power, capturing and recycling of rainwater from the winery roof and restoring the wetlands at our Waihopai vineyard. Photos to come!
All of our wines are certified sustainable but it doesn’t stop there as these are both ‘continuous improvement’ programmes.
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.