New Zealand is a land known for its wide open spaces, natural beauty and innovative people. While a relatively young country, New Zealand's natural environment is something that can't be taken for granted. With this comes the NZ wine industry's commitment to looking after this special slice of paradise.
Seifried Estate is proud to be a member of 'Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand' and was an early adopter of the programme when both the winery and vineyard auditing programmes were first established in the New Zealand wine industry in the mid 1990's.
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) is an industry initiative directed through New Zealand Winegrowers which was developed to provide a 'best practice' model of environmental practices in the vineyard and winery. It encourages wine producers to deliver excellence in their wines in a way that considers the natural environment, business aspects and communities involved.
The programme aims to deliver a framework for viticultural and winemaking practices that protects the environment while efficiently and economically producing premium wine grapes and wine. The programme includes an external audit structure that has integrity and rigour to meet market expectations.
Here is just a taste of some of Seifried's processes around sustainability -