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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.
Founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand
Mission Estate is proudly a founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand since 1995 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.
All of Mission’s fruit supply including company vineyards and contract growers are accredited under the sustainable winegrowing certification system.
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Mission was one of the first wineries in New Zealand to be certified with ISO 14001 in 1998; it remains one of very few wineries to hold this standard. It represents a longstanding commitment to minimise the impact of operations on the environment. With over 170 years of history, we learned early how important it is to look after our land and have taken several steps to ensure we meet the highest standards of environmental protection.
To achieve this, we implement the ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management System, an internationally agreed standard that is present in 171 countries around the world. 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.
Our aim is to use as little water as possible and to ensure any water used is returned safely to the environment. Our ISO 14001 certification benchmarks us against other wineries of comparable size and Mission is proud to consistently be an industry leader. In 2021 our water efficiency is reported as 63% more efficient than other wineries of comparable size.
Minimising Energy Usage
Minimising energy usage is another core focus at Mission. Our ISO 14001 certification benchmarks us against other wineries of comparable size and Mission is proud to consistently be an industry leader. In 2021 our energy efficiency is reported as 58% more efficient than other wineries of comparable size.
Packaging with a lighter touch
By working closely with environmentally conscious suppliers, our packaging is lighter on Earth with 30% recycled content in the labels, the use of lightweight bottles and up to 73% recycled content in our cartons.
Cartons: The Gaia Project cartons are made from 73% New Zealand sourced recycled material and are 100% unbleached. Our carton supplier is ISO 9001, FSC™ (Forest Stewardship Council ™) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified. All our cartons are produced to be as lightweight as possible to keep our wine reaching its destination safe and sound.
Bottles: The Gaia Project and Mission Estate wine bottles are 417g, the lightest weight wine bottle available in New Zealand. A very sustainable packaging option, glass is made from natural ingredients and can be recycled again and again. Our bottle supplier is committed to increasing the recycled glass content to 70% over time.
Label stock: Our label stock is made from 30% recycled content has been voluntarily FSC™ and Green Seal certified. FSC™ (Forest Stewardship Council ™) certification assures users that it is sourced from a forest which has been evaluated and certified as being managed according to the correct social, economic and environmental standards. Green Seal is a global non-profit organisation and verifies producers have met the highest standard of clean.
With many smaller initiatives underway and planned, the next five years of The Gaia Project will see Mission undertaking a major project delivering large scale tree planting of the gullies and hills surrounding its Taradale home and vineyards. This will allow us to naturally and responsibly offset our own carbon footprint.
As guardians of our place for more than 170 years, Mission will continue to work hard toward delivering positive sustainability initiatives and making some of New Zealand’s finest wines in the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly manner.
Sustainability initiatives in the vineyards
We employ regenerative viticulture techniques and have been a leader in organic vineyard research winning the 2015 Ballance Farm Environmental Awards for Excellent Soil Management.
Our Murdoch vineyard located in the Gimblett Gravels is already 100% certified organic. While our Mere Road vineyard is currently under conversion.
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. In time this initiative should provide options to replace the use of glyphosate-based herbicides.
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 growing 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, providing for continual learning and improved water management techniques.