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Organic Wine Week 17 to 23 September

Organic Wine Week began last year, hot on the heels of Organic Winegrowers New Zealand noticing that over 10% of New Zealand wineries produce certified organic wine. It may come as no surprise to find that the high profile and driest wine region in the country leads the way – Central Otago has 23% of its vineyard land being managed organically; 17% is certified organic with 6% currently in conversion.

This means that within the next three years, 23% of Central’s vineyard area will be completely certified organic.

Over 10% of New Zealand wineries now hold organic certification and over 30 of them are registered in this year’s Organic Wine Week.


Organic Wine Week events calendar

A Prelude to Organic Wine Week | Discovering Organic Wine
Saturday 14 September 1pm to 5pm
Regional Wines, 15 Ellice St, Mount Victoria

Meet your Maker 2.0
Tuesday 17 September 6pm to 10pm
Shepherd, Eva St, Te Aro, Wellington

Wine Wednesday
Wednesday 18 September 12 noon to 7pm
Regional Wines, 15 Ellice St, Mount Victoria, Wellington

Organic UK walk-around tasting
Wednesday 18 September 12.30pm to 4pm
New Zealand Winegrowers, 80 Haymarket, St James’s, London

Get Dirty 2.0 | NZ Organic Wine Tasting
Wednesday 18 September, 6pm to 8pm
NZ Cellar | POP Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London

Tall Tales, Empty Bottles w/ Rippon & Te Whare Ra
Wednesday 18 September, 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Arbour Restaurant, 36 Godfrey Rd, Fairhall, Blenheim

Battle of the Wines
Thursday 19 September, 6.30pm to 10:30 pm
Bistronomy, 40 Hastings Street, Napier
More Organic Wine Week events here: 

Aim of Organic Wine Week

  • To highlight the fact that organic wine starts from the ground up – literally. Organically certified grapes are the prerequisite to organic wine. Nothing can be labelled ‘organic’, unless it is made from produce that has no man-made chemicals used in the growing process.
  • Man-made, industrial compounds are rejected in organic certification.
  • Fertilisers, fungicides, herbicides, pesticides and all GM are excluded from organic produce.
  • Organically produced wine supports vineyard workers’ health with the lack of chemicals used in growing grapes.
  • Transparency means we understand more about what we are consuming when we drink a glass (or two) of wine.
  • Every certified organic wine comes from a vineyard that is grown in a way which protects the environment rather than draws everything from it.

Organic produce is much the same way as many of our grandparents grew up with – fruit, vegetables and meat that was farmed without man made chemicals used in its process.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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