Our farming practices go above and beyond New Zealand’s requirements for Sustainable Farming.
New Zealand has a proud heritage and commitment to the land. The farming practices at Craggy Range go above and beyond New Zealand’s requirements for Sustainable Farming. A few of these unique practices include:
- Nil residue chemical program – ensuring no residue of chemicals is in the grapes at the time of harvest, achieved via increased use of organic products that break down prior to harvest.
- Winery heat recovery system – waste energy given off by winery equipment is captured and used to preheat the hot water system, dramatically reducing power use.
- Biological wastewater treatment plant – treats winery wastewater to a standard far exceeding local authority requirements utilizing selected natural bacteria to reduce energy costs.
- Ambient barrel hall cooling system – utilizes external cool air to cool barrel hall dramatically reducing energy consumption.
- Composting and cover crop – to organically contribute to vine nutrition, reduce waste, increase soil carbon levels, and reduce soil compaction.
- Largest biodiversity program in the New Zealand wine industry – Planting 150,000 native trees and plants in and around the Te Muna Road vineyards, increasing natural yeasts and reducing pest pressure