Sustainability

Mission is proudly a founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand

To view our Environmental Policy, please click here.

Mission is committed to sustainability through our environmental management and sustainable programmes. Every aspect of Mission’s production is managed to create wines which minimise the impact on the environment.  New projects spanning across the business are continuously being developed and reviewed to ensure we are always looking ahead and continuing to improve our commitment to environmental sustainability. 

The current production facility has been designed to deliver maximum energy and water efficiencies which is a vital element in our ongoing commitment to the environment.

In 2007 our winery underwent a multi-million-dollar upgrade which was designed to maximise energy efficiency. The winery has had ISO14001 accreditation since 1998 which recognises our ongoing commitment to sustainable viticulture and winemaking practices.

Over the past ten years we have introduced advanced science and technology in the winery allowing us to make some of New Zealand’s finest wines in the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly manner.

The result is a winery that consumes the energy equivalent of just 32 average New Zealand households* and has the carbon footprint of four average New Zealanders**.

*Average NZ household = 8,000 KWh
**Average Carbon Footprint per capita = 8 Tonne

Mission Accreditations

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand

Mission Estate is proudly a founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and operates under the Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand (SWNZ) scorecard system.

Our vineyards and winery are audited annually to ensure we continue to operate in a sustainable manner. The SWNZ system is interrelated to the ISO 14001 programme that monitors and aims to continually improve our environmental impact.

We are committed to protecting our environment by reducing the use of chemicals, energy, water and packaging, and wherever possible reusing and recycling materials and waste.

All of Mission’s fruit supply including company vineyards and contract growers are accredited under the sustainable winegrowing certification system.

For more information visit: nzwine.com/sustainability

ISO 14001

‘Mission is committed to minimising the impact of its operations on the environment. We were the first winery in New Zealand to achieve ISO 14001 status in 1998, and have been regularly audited every year since.’

Mission has a longstanding commitment to minimise the impact of its operations on the environment. With 170 years of history, we have learned how important looking after our land is and have taken several steps to ensure we meet the highest standards of environmental protection.

To achieve this, we implemented the ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management System, an internationally agreed standard that is present in 171 countries around the world and have been accredited since 1998.  As part of the criteria, we monitor all our power and water consumption, as well as the use of all materials which have an environmental impact.

Organics and Sustainability in the vineyards

Mission has several initiatives running in the vineyards.

Mission is currently transitioning a number of its vineyards to being certified organic. By 2021 the Mere Road vineyard will be 100% certified organic.  The Murdoch vineyard is already 100% certified organic.

Sustainable weed management initiative – a New Zealand Winegrowers initiative to investigate methods for maintaining vine vigour and productivity using under-vine cultivation.  This includes assessing various weed management strategies and producing a best practices manual for weed management on behalf of New Zealand Winegrowers.

We are trialling our own organic leaf sprays and also use a Collard Leaf Defoliator which removes dead plant material in the flower bunches, and we open up the canopy later in the season which significantly reduces disease minimising the need for commercial sprays.

Irrigation – soil moisture and rainfall are recorded using sensors and telemetry. When used in conjunction with weather forecasts and visual monitoring, irrigation applications can be determined precisely, saving water.

Water pumps are controlled by variable speed drives to ensure efficient water and power use and actual water use is recorded for each vineyard.

Steps mission has proudly taken over 40 years

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2020

Achievement of plan: installation of new bottling line to bring all bottling onto a single site; a new warehouse to bring all warehousing and distribution on to the one site.

2017

Size of production volume doubles at Mission. Goal is to bring all production, bottling and distribution onto present winery site to lower the carbon footprint.

2009

Comprehensive study to investigate lowering electricity use; fruits have seen installation of inverter control on the refrigeration system, installation of fans using cool night-time air to cool winery naturally.

2008

First electric forklift purchased. Presently 75% of our forklift fleet is electric.

2007

Nitrogen generator installed to lower CO2 usage and therefore winery carbon footprint.

2005

Began rebuilding the winery with an energy efficient design with thermo-mass construction.

2001

Began monitoring and measuring energy, packaging and water use with the aim of continuous improvement and reduction.

1998

Mission establishes an environmental management system and is audited to the ISO 14001 standard. We are successful in achieving ISO 14001 – the first winery to achieve this in New Zealand.

1995

Boiler decommissioned; all future energy consumption to be electric lowering the carbon footprint with the exception of one LPG forklift.  Mission is one of the founding members of Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand.

1984

Elimination of passive electricity consumption of our transformers.

1981

A new wastewater system was installed to lower the environmental impact of our wastewater.