ONE OF NEW ZEALAND'S MOST SUSTAINABLE WINERIES. Yealands Wines aims to leave the land better than they found it. Yealands was established in 2008 with the vision to create the world’s first vineyard and winery that is sustainable at every level. Combining the very latest cutting-edge green technology and highly innovative thinking, the Yealands name quickly became synonymous with a passion for crafting ultra-premium wines in the most environmentally-friendly manner. Yealands Wines is the first winery in the world to be carboNZeroCertTM since inception. The winery and vineyard are also accredited under Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Yealands’ commitment to their sustainability platform has garnered them over 1,800 awards and 32 trophies, including the 2017 Platinum Medal for International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), the 2016 Environmental Commitment Elsie Award by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, and Renewable Energy Implementation Award Runner-Up at The Drinks Business Green Awards 2016 for the installation of the largest solar array in New Zealand on the Yealands Estate winery roof.
Current initiatives & achievements include
Carbon Footprint Management
Yealands was established to create some of the world's most environmentally friendly wines. Additionally, Yealands has adopted SMART technology which allows them to be four times more energy efficient than the industry average. This includes tools like heat recovery units, lighting sensor monitors, energy saving monitors, and refrigeration economizers.
A solar panel installation of 1,316 panels covers the entire northern side of the Yealands Winery. The largest in New Zealand, these solar panels generate up to 505,000 kilowatt hours per year, the equivalent annual power usage of 86 average New Zealand households.
Yealands is one of only a handful of wineries around the world to be certified as carbon neutral and the first-ever to be carboNZero certified from inception. Advanced green technology helps keep emissions low -
1) Babydoll sheep, a breed of miniature sheep, are "lawnmowers you can pet." They graze grass in between the vines and fertilize the vines, but are too small to reach the grapes for a snack.
2) 10% of Yealand's vine prunings are baled and used to heat the winery building’s water used in the winemaking process. They are the only winery in New Zealand to do this.
Yealands' produces their own compost that combines landfill waste from other industries - including bark, mussels shells and seaweed - along with the Seaview Vineyard's own grape marc. This blend has helped Yealands improve soil fertility and water retention, as well as reduce the need for other fertilizers.