Certified 100% sustainable wines produced at our Toitū certified net carbonzero winery


If preserving the environment and protecting our natural resources is important to you, you can enjoy our wines with complete confidence.  As New Zealand’s most sustainably certified producer, our wines are independently accredited both 100% sustainable (ISO14001) and carbon zero (ISO14064).

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Committed since the mid-nineties

Environmental sustainability has been at the forefront of Lawson’s Dry Hills since the mid-nineties when we were one of the first to join Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. This was a great start as the programme was widely recognised as world-leading and one of the first to be established in the international wine industry.

For more details about Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand standards click here.

Taking a holistic approach

Next, we adopted ISO14001, the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system, standardising the process to control and continuously improve environmental performance. It is a holistic approach, covering the environmental impact of all our business activities, services and products, providing a system to benchmark and achieve environmental objectives.

We were independently certified by Telarc in 2011.

Reaching carbon zero status

Always up for a challenge, we decided to push even harder and become carbon zero, so we adopted ISO14064 in 2019.

ISO14064 specifies the principles and requirements for quantifying and reporting greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and their removal. It includes requirements for the design, development, management, reporting and verification of a company’s GHG inventory. We achieved independent certification with Toitū in March 2021.

A Toitū net carbonzero certified organisation has measured, managed, and mitigated the operational emissions of its organisation, including business travel, electricity, vehicles and offices, in accordance with ISO 14064 1 and the GHG Protocol.

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All this means we take sustainability very seriously. 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.

Reducing our environmental impact

Energy and water management

We have reduced our carbon emissions significantly, to the extent that our total energy emissions for the 2023 vintage were half that of the average for other wineries our size. Through careful use of water and capturing rainwater from the winery roof, we draw 56% less from the aquifer than the average for wineries our size.

Sustainable packaging choices

We also think carefully about our packaging choices. Our lightweight bottles are made in New Zealand with a minimum of 64% recycled content and the paper and pulp for our packaging comes from certified, sustainably managed forests (FSC certified).  Even our pallet wrap is 100% biodegradable.

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You can read our Environmental Policy here.

Authentically Marlborough

Appellation Marlborough Wine certification

In addition to our commitment to sustainability, our Sauvignon Blancs are certified under Appellation Marlborough Wine.

Lawson’s Dry Hills were among the first to adopt the Appellation Marlborough Wine certification (from the 2018 vintage) to separate our wines from the many shipped in bulk. We believe it is a strong tool that proves our Sauvignon Blanc is authentically Marlborough – i.e. 100% Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, sustainably grown to managed yields and bottled here in New Zealand. You can read more about AMW here.

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Gold Medal & Trophy Winner

We’re delighted that our Reserve Chardonnay was awarded a Gold medal and the Marlborough Chardonnay Trophy at the recent 2023 International Wine Challenge (IWC).

Now in its 39th year, the IWC is accepted as the world’s most rigorous, impartial and influential annual wine competition.

Well done team!