This website shares the pilot trial of the Organic Focus Vineyard project, which monitored the first year of organic grape growing at Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand during the 2010-11 growing season.

The focus vineyard project has now expanded to include vineyards converting to organic production in three different New Zealand wine regions. You can read all about their experiences on our new website, organicfocusvineyard.com.

A final report from this pilot trial, comparing the results of organic and conventional growing regimes, will soon be available. Contact organicrebecca@xtra.co.nz if you are interested in receiving the full report. In the meantime, you can scroll down to read the blogs below, telling the story of Mission Estate’s first year in organic conversion.

Thanks to the Sustainable Farming Fund and New Zealand Winegrowers for enabling us to expand the trial.


About organicwinegrowersnz

Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ) is an incorporated society for organic and aspiring organic grape and wine producers. We work to encourage and support the production of high quality organic wines from New Zealand, through education, research, networking, and advocacy.
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