25 top organic wines in New Zealand
3 August 2017
Small to medium-sized vineyards, especially, are being drawn into going organic.
“My family lives in the middle of our vineyard,” says Steve Green, founder of the organically certified Carrick winery at Bannockburn, in Central Otago, “so the vineyard environment is also our environment.” He reports growing interest in organic wine from restaurants and consumers.
About 6% of this country’s vineyard land is certified organic, according to a 2016 report from Organics Aotearoa New Zealand. BioGro and AsureQuality, the major certifying agencies, insist that no synthetic chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides can be used in organic vineyards, and no synthetic chemical additives are allowed in organic wines.
Organic wine producers tend to be small or medium-sized, according to Organics Aotearoa, “driven by wine quality rather than quantity”. Villa Maria is singled out as a notable exception.