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Raising a Glass to Sustainability: World Water Day 2024

The UN declare, “Public health and prosperity, food and energy systems, economic productivity and environmental integrity all rely on a well-functioning and equitably managed water cycle.” They go on to say, “Water is not just a resource; it’s a lifeline. As climate change impacts increase, there is an urgent need, within and between countries, to unite around protecting and conserving our most precious resource.”

World Water Day on March 22, 2024, is themed ‘Water for Peace’ which is likely to resonate more than ever before. With water scarcity a growing concern, we felt it timely to reflect on the important role it plays in fostering stability and prosperity worldwide.

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Water: a priceless resource

Here in Marlborough, as around the world, growing grapes, like any crop, relies on the availability of water. Those who dry farm need the rain, while those who can irrigate, need to do so with care and consideration.

This summer, Marlborough was one of the driest regions in New Zealand and it was officially declared a drought although it’s been a wonderful season for our tourists and holiday makers. Our grapes loved it too, ripening perfectly under the deep blue skies. However, it’s also a reminder of the delicate balance we must strike in managing water resources. We may take water for granted so scarcity serves as a warning.  

Embracing sustainability

At Lawson’s Dry Hills, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a way of life. We understand the importance of minimising our water footprint and actively seek ways to reduce and protect this vital resource.

Every drop counts

Tracking our water gives us a clear understanding of how much we use, and we work hard to reduce it. One of the ways we do this is capturing rainwater from the winery roof to reduce our reliance on the underground resource.

As a result, we draw 56% less water from the aquifer than the average for wineries of our size.

From grape-growing to winemaking and bottling, we’ve integrated water-saving techniques at every stage of the process, significantly reducing our overall water usage without compromising on quality.

By embracing sustainable practices and by working together to safeguard our resources, we can create a future where clean, accessible water is available to all.

Join us in raising a glass to sustainability and a world where water flows freely for generations to come.



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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!