UK release for carbon neutral Grove Mill wines

12 January, 2007

New Zealand winery Grove Mill has released its first carbon neutral wine in the UK.

The Sauvignon Blanc 2006 sports a

CarboNZero neck tag, awarded by Landcare Research, following the winery's efforts to offset the carbon dioxide it produces.

Grove Mill worked towards carbon neutral status in a three-stage programme; measuring emissions, working towards reducing them, and finally offsetting remaining carbon dioxide production through the regeneration of native forests.

The winery has planted trees in a local wildlife sanctuary in Cape Jackson, Marlborough offsetting 312 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

Chief executive Rob White said: "We have a proud history of environmental awareness, including habitat rehabilitation.

"Becoming CarboNZero

places us at the cutting edge of global ­sustainability. Most Grove Mill wines are enjoyed outside New Zealand and, by reducing and offsetting our emissions from production and international shipping, they will become the natural choice for people concerned about food miles and ­global warming."




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