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

Q&A: Your questions answered

Are your wines certified sustainable?

Yes. We adopted ISO14001 and our wines are independently certified to this environmental standard by Telarc. We are also certified by Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand. You can read about our sustainability journey here.

Is your organisation carbon zero?

Yes we are a Toitū net carbonzero certified organisation having achieved ISO14064. There is more information here

What does Single Vineyard mean?

It means the grapes that made the wine are from just one vineyard, rather than blended from a number of different vineyards. Our Blind River Sauvignon Blanc is a Single Vineyard wine, and our Riesling.

Do you own your own vineyards?

We do! We have company vineyards in the Awatere, Wairau and Southern Valleys. We also have a number of carefully selected long-term growers. You can see our vineyard map here.

How many bunches of grapes make a bottle of wine?

For our Sauvignon Blanc, approximately seven bunches, weighing about 140g each.

How many people work at Lawson’s Dry Hills?

We have 18 people in the LDH team, all based in Blenheim, Marlborough.

How many different Sauvignon Blancs do you make?

We make Lawson’s Dry Hills Estate, Reserve, Blind River, Mount Vernon, Inviniti and The Sisters.

What brands does the company have?

Lawson’s Dry Hills, Blind River, Mount Vernon, Inviniti and The Sisters.

What other wines does Lawson’s Dry Hills produce?

As well as Sauvignon Blanc, we grow and make Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Rosé (made from Pinot Noir). Our range of wines is here.

How are your grapes picked?

The majority are picked using our own harvester which embraces the latest technology, bringing in the grapes quickly and gently. We do some hand-harvesting of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

What is AMW?

AMW stands for Appellation Marlborough Wine. It was established to protect the core values of wine grown and made in Marlborough. Wines with the AMW mark are 100% Marlborough grapes, bottled in New Zealand, certified sustainable and grown from managed yields. You can read more here.

Where do you sell your wines domestically and internationally?

Our wines are available in many places in New Zealand, both in shops and restaurants and bars etc. And direct from our website. Overseas, you can find our wines in the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan and in the Cook Islands. A list of our distribution partners is here.

What’s the difference between the estate, reserve and pioneer series?

Our Estate range is perfect for everyday enjoyment, delivering an authentic expression of the grape variety and where it is grown. The Reserve wines are more limited and embrace additional winemaking techniques – they are ideal for a dinner when you want to enjoy something a bit special. The Pioneer wines are only made in outstanding years and often start with a parcel of fruit identified in the vineyard as having Pioneer potential. Very small quantities are produced.

What’s different about your wines, your wine making philosophy, compared to others?  What are some unique LDH things??

Well, as it says on the back label of our Lawson’s Dry Hills wines…. We honour tradition, but we do things our way and have done for over 30 years. We’re jeans not suits, mates not colleagues and morning tea over meetings, but we take making wine seriously. So much so that we do the lot, from growing grapes to making and bottling our 100% certified sustainable wine at our Toitū net carbonzero certified winery.

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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!