Sustainable winegrowing in New Zealand embodies a commitment to stewardship of the land. It is a set of practices that create security for generations to come. In the picturesque landscapes of New Zealand's wine regions, this means embracing these practices that are environmentally conscious with efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. 

Sustainable wine is not wine that has been made in a unique way, it is wine that has been produced in a responsible way. Every decision in the vineyard is made with the future in mind. When it comes to sustainable wine growing from a soil health perspective, it is about utilising and repurposing natural resources to our advantage and reducing our reliance on chemical fertilisers.

Download the horticultrists guide to soil health.

The benefits of sustainable winegrowing

Compost is a natural and organic growing media that can reduce environmental impact, nurture biodiversity, and pave the way for a more sustainable future in wine production.

  • Environmental preservation

  • Consumer demand

  • Resilience to climate change

  • Quality and consistency

Incorporating compost into your vineyard management plan can help to reduce environmental impact and support biodiversity in a natural way. 

From a sustainability perspective, compost, being free from toxins, is a much more environmentally friendly option and a way to future-proof your growing operations for a more sustainable future.

Positive outcomes gained from using organic certified compost:

  • Improvement to soil structure 

  • Improvement in soil composition

  • Increased organic matter

  • Increased total carbon

  • Reduce soil pollutants 

The benefits of Azwood’s BioGro certified compost

Azwood's Organic Compost

Azwood has a range of compost solutions that are BioGro certified organic which benefits commercial organic growers looking for organic inputs to increase soil health and organic matter.

The power of soil health

The saying goes "Healthy vines make wealthy wine" but without healthy soil, your vines will suffer.

As a grower, have you considered the long-term goals of your vineyard? Although chemical fertilisers get fast short-term results, is it a sustainable solution to get the most out of your soil long-term?

Enhancing nutrient levels and biological diversity can be achieved through the application of compost. By returning organic matter to the soil in the form of compost, the reliance on fertilisers can be reduced.

Healthy soils are key to healthy vines. 

“It is important to establish a nutrient maintenance budget based on appropriate organic inputs to replace nutrients that are removed through harvesting” - OWNZ

Additional benefits of Azwood® product range

  • Disease prevention

  • Pest control

  • Weed control

  • Undervine mulching

Incorporating Compost into Vineyard Management

Compost application can be extremely beneficial to your vineyard's soil health but to get the most out of your investment you need to understand when, where, and how to apply it effectively.

  • Steps on where to start when applying compost

The decision to start your sustainability journey by incorporating compost into your vineyard management is not always an easy one, but we are here to support you. Our goal is to provide you with insights into the experiences and benefits of other growers who have already seen results with compost.

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Success stories

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  • The BioGro logo guarantees that a product is made without animal testing, genetic modification and the use of synthetic pesticides so when you see this logo you know it’s a genuine organic product that is tested throughout the various stages of the growing process.
    What are the benefits of a BioGro certified compost?
  • Starting to use compost on a commercial scale is more than just a choice, it's an investment in your soil's future. Compost enriches soil structure, holds nutrients, and promotes microbial activity, helping to achieve your sustainability goals as well as produce thriving crops year after year.
    How to start using compost

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