Yealands Estate


The International Green Awards were recently held in London and only one wine company made the short list. The most sustainable medium business award was won hands-down by the Yealands Estate Winery in New Zealand. The CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers was pleased at the great endorsement of his country’s sustainable winemaking standards. From the company’s outset, they went about using their limited resources in a smart way, so as to guarantee that there will always be an income producing supply. Their vision, which they still hold to today, began at the vine and ended once the wine was in the bottle.

How do they do it?

Typically, wine production is an energy intensive business, but Yealands Estates mixes innovative technology with old fashioned farming methods that make its winery three times more energy efficient than the New Zealand standard. New Zealand’s Winegrowers came up with the idea for the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme to support best practice for using water, consuming energy, managing waste and for biodiversity. Yealands Estate vineyards adhere to those practices by using both solar and wind power and are building a large wind turbine that will allow them to be self-sufficient.  They also use miniature Babydoll sheep that they bring in year round to graze the vineyards. The naturally grazed vineyards eliminate the need for harsh weed control and mowing. In addition, the vines are kept healthy with more than 10,000 tonnes of homemade compost, which is produced from leftover grape skins, stalks and pips. Rumour has it that the vines also enjoy classical music piped into them through digital speakers. Along with their efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the vineyard achieves carboNZero certification.

What about the Wine?

The Winery offers an extensive selection of award-winning wines starting with the Filter Yealands Estate Single Block Series, with a Sauvignon Bland or Pino Noir to choose from, through the Yealands Way series that includes a Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinto Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Other varieties include the Filter Violet grouping of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris or the Filter Full Circle edition of Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.

16 thoughts on “Yealands Estate

  1. tootsie101 February 24, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    very interesting. Im not sure if we even make wine here in Mexico. I think all wine is brought in from other countries. Love the info. here.

  2. david hawkins February 24, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    how i wish that we had a grape farm here in mexico I love to go out and pick grapes fresh off the vine and not have to go to a store and buy them

  3. May February 24, 2013 / 4:40 pm

    very interesting, these wines are produced with good looks and very careful in choosing. I think the wine has benefits for the cure of disease.

  4. Amit Sharma February 24, 2013 / 5:41 pm

    Producing Wine and even then saving energy seems an out of the world initiative, nice thought and definitely making world greener. Hats off!!!

  5. doroffee February 24, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    It’s such a nice thing that nowadays there is at least one company in each field that pays a lot of attention to sustainability. It’s great to see that wineries and wine companies CAN be as environmentally.friendly as they can. Yealands Estate is setting is setting a really great example.

  6. Ajay Deep February 24, 2013 / 10:33 pm

    Congratulations to Yealands Estate Winery for the International Green Award. They are still using those old and famous farming methods and that is why they are at top. Not only these methods are energy efficient but also there is no need of weed control.

  7. Jing February 25, 2013 / 1:47 am

    I think the wines come from New Zealand should have a good quality, too. Since this country really pays attention to the environment.

  8. Jordan Plotkin February 25, 2013 / 3:00 am

    Wow! I learned a lot! This is the best.

  9. IH February 25, 2013 / 3:20 am

    Very informative article. I enjoy reading how a successful company is going about its business. Especially how the company is keeping the vines healthy with such natural and ‘personal’ approach like using classical music.

  10. Wendi Windiyanto February 25, 2013 / 3:54 am

    Great story! From your blog, now i knew about how to make a good wine

  11. shaz February 25, 2013 / 4:16 am

    peoples are getting more inovative

  12. miketagz February 25, 2013 / 5:18 am

    Quite Awesome

  13. buddha February 25, 2013 / 5:32 am

    Sustainability is the key in today’s competitive business environment and Yealands Estate has to be congratulated for being innovative and dedicated towards sustainable practices. They even supported the old farming practices which proves that we must take good things from the past as well, to achieve success.

  14. Night Watcher February 25, 2013 / 5:55 am

    That’s right. Wine is only good if it is made with fruit that has been produced in intense care and proper farming methods. The more it brew the more taste it has.

  15. soumya February 26, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    congratulation Yealands Estate& good method to win this prize.u desvres it.

  16. technojakeb February 26, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    You once I have visited this vineyard oh my gosh they are simply super cool. I just couldnt take my eyes off from the bunches hanging around. was really breath taking. and I really LOVE Wine most people doesn like the tast but i just love them.

    Nice post there friend. Good writing skill

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