When you purchase our wines, you can relax knowing that your enjoyment comes at no price to the planet.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you and everyone else knows just how important it is to care for our planet. As we have seen many times, ‘there is no Planet B’. But when you are rushing round the supermarket looking for inspiration for tonight’s dinner or the kids’ school lunches, it’s hard to stop and read the small print to check exactly what you’re buying.
We can help (well, not with the kids’ lunches!). The Sisters wines are 100% certified sustainable and made by Lawson’s Dry Hills, a Toitu carbonzero certified producer. These accreditations come from ISO14001 and ISO14064 two very rigorous, independent and internationally recognised standards. The first is for environmental management and standardises a process to effectively control and continuously improve an organisation’s environmental performance. This enables efficient identification and control of the environmental impact of business activities, services and products, as well as provide a systematised ability to benchmark and achieve environmental objectives.
A Toitū carbon zero certified organisation has measured, managed, and mitigated the operational emissions of its organisation, including business travel, electricity, vehicles and offices, in accordance with ISO 14064 1 and the GHG Protocol. Lawson’s Dry Hills is currently the only New Zealand wine producer to hold both ISO14001 (Environmental Management) and ISO14064 (carbon zero) accreditations. We are also certified under Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.
This programme, initiated in 1997, is widely recognised as world-leading and was one of the first to be established in the international wine industry. SWNZ provides a ‘best practice’ model of environmental management in the vineyard and winery. It is a proactive management system that enables winegrowers to produce high quality wine using environmentally responsible and economically viable methods.
All this means we take sustainability very seriously. As a small, hands on team, we are very aware of everything that we do, even more so as we don’t outsource anything! Our autonomy gives us control, accountability and responsibility and that’s just how we like it.
We have one of the lowest uses of power and water per litre of wine produced. We also think carefully about our packaging choices. Our lightweight bottles are made in New Zealand with a minimum of 60% recycled content and the paper for our wine labels comes from certified, sustainably managed forests. Our cartons are made from 100% recycled fibre and our pallet shrink-wrap is 100% biodegradable.