Sustainable winegrowing at The Crossings
At The Crossings, we love what we do. We love our wine and we love the land that helps us make it. So we’re doing everything we can to make sure we can keep making wine here indefinitely. That is why we practice sustainable winegrowing.
We make sure that nothing we do now will have an effect that will detract from our land or wine in future.
All three our vineyards are fully accredited through the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme. This New Zealand wine industry initiative was established in 1995 to promote best practice in activities such as water usage, energy consumption, waste management and biodiversity.
Our sustainable winegrowing practices
- We limit the use of machinery in The Crossings vineyards through multi-functioning. For instance, we’d put mower on the back of the tractor and a multi-row trimmer on the sides, so that both operations can be done in one pass. This saves around five tractor passes per vineyard per year – which is significant given the combined length of all our vineyard rows.
- We use grazing sheep rather than mechanical mowers to control the grass and weeds during autumn, winter and early spring.
- We encourage predators in the vineyards as a natural form of pest control.
- We monitor soil water using buried probes to make sure we only irrigate when absolutely necessary.
- We use biofuels wherever possible.
- We compost our grape marc and then spread it as mulch on the vineyards. This adds organic matter and helps preserve soil moisture, further reducing the need for irrigation.