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Mission Estate Winery underwent a major expansion in 2007, doubling grape pressing capacity to 2000 tonnes.

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

This multimillion dollar upgrade was a pre-requisite in terms of growth, and most importantly, was designed to maximise energy efficiency. The winery has had ISO14001 accreditation since 1998. This recognises our ongoing commitment to sustainable viticulture and wine-making practices.

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


Sustainability Map

Mission Estate Winery is committed to sustainability through our environmental management and sustainable programs. Inputs and outputs are constantly measured, as well as the effects these have on the environment. Our environmental program is managed to guarantee sustainability from the vineyard and winery, through to the bottle.

Have a look through our Sustainability Map below for just some of our environmental considerations, projects and successes.

Mission Estate 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 program that monitors and aims to continually improve on our impact to our environment.

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: www.nzwine.com/sustainability

Mission Winery is committed to minimising the impact of its operations on the environment. To achieve this we are regularly audited, and have been recognised with the ISO 14001:2015 accreditation.

This has been recognised by the accreditation of ISO 14001:2004 since 1998 (the environmental management standard). Power and water consumption is monitored, as well as the use of all other materials that have an effect on the environment.

Since 2007, Mission Estate has crushed 1000 tonnes of grapes, and bottled over 80,000 cases of wine annually. However, our power usage is similar to that of only four domestic homes. For every litre of wine produced, the power usage is an incredibly low 0.13 KWh.

Mission Estate’s new winery building is a thermo-mass construction, with the concrete panels containing a sandwich of extruding polystyrene. The roof is also insulated allowing the temperature to be controlled and stabilised in an environmentally sustainable way.

All of the tanks are housed internally; this is unusual for a winery of this size and provides considerable energy savings. Unlike most wineries that run on high powered refrigeration glycol systems all year round, Mission Estate has installed two separate systems – a large, high powered system to be used during the busy six weeks of harvest, and a smaller, more efficient system to be used during normal operations.

In terms of refrigeration, Mission has employed different systems for controlling fermentation temperatures and cold-stabilising the wines. This has been designed in such a way that specific compressors are used for different duties, enabling considerable energy savings by minimising compressor inefficiencies.

Every aspect of Mission Estate’s production is managed to create wines that minimise the impact on the environment. This innovative approach creates lower demands on New Zealand’s stretched energy resources, which is especially important through the critical winter months.

New projects including the sales and administration departments are now being implemented to ensure all areas of Mission Estate follow the same Environmental Management policies.

The Organics Focus Vineyard Project is a new project to demonstrate the realities of organic production.

It is New Zealand’s first public trial of organic grapes being grown side-by-side with conventional crop and it is happening here at Mission Estate Winery.

The two blocks totalling 16 hectares around our winery have been divided into organic and conventional blocks of pinot gris, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. The difference between the blocks is in their pest and disease control and weeding. On the organic block, the grapes are under-vine cultivated – the traditional method of weed control – instead of being treated with herbicides.

Organic winegrowers aim to cooperate with nature, working with ecological processes and using only naturally derived products, avoiding the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, and herbicides. The goals are healthy soils, healthy vines, premium quality wines, and a thriving landscape.

To learn more about the project visit the Organics Focus Vineyard Project website or email Steve Wheeler.