The Waiheke Winegrowers Association (WWA) have introduced an audited certification system which is available only to wines that are fault free and 100% made from grapes grown on Waiheke Island in a vineyard that is Sustainably Certified (Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, SWNZ) and produced and bottled in a Sustainably Certified Winery (SWNZ). This is the first regional certification of this type in New Zealand.
We are fully accredited members of Sustainable Winegrowing of New Zealand (SWNZ Registered and Certified Vineyards AK1012 (Waiheke Island) and MB1329 (Waihopai Valley); SWNZ Registered and Certified Winery 4040), and are monitored and audited in many critical areas, including the safe and controlled use of agrichemicals, soil improvement strategies, good fertiliser practices, pest monitoring, control of water use and disposal and recycling of waste.
Our soil improvement program is guided by regular soil tests and fertiliser applications are controlled by soil and foliar tests using the latest techniques. Sprays are increasingly organic and biological and we apply our sprays only in full accord with the NZ Wine Institute Export Spray Programme to avoid as far as possible, any chemical residues in our product (Nil Residue Programme - complies with NZ Wine Export Programme).
Birds are not shot but excluded from the vineyard after veraison by the application of total enclosure netting. The waste from our vineyard, winery and olive press is recycled by mulching and/or composting with beneficial fungal promoters and reapplied to the vineyard, thus maintaining the quality of the soil through returning essential nutrients.
Vegan Friendly Wines
Jurassic Ridge wines are suitable for all wine lovers including vegetarians and vegans as NO animal products such as beef skin or pork gelatine, fish protein, egg white or dairy products (eg milk powder) are used in their production – thus Jurassic Ridge wines could be described as ‘natural’ or ‘authentic wines’ (after James Goode), but certainly wines that are designed to reflect their ‘sense of place’.