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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.

December update from the vineyard

By Caine Thompson, Mission Estate Viticulturist On Bart’s arrival on the 7th of December for his second advisory visit to the vineyard, we discussed with Peter Holley (CEO, Mission Estate) the project to date and how it was progressing. At … Continue reading

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November update from the vineyard

By Caine Thompson, Vineyard Manager, Mission Estate The later part of spring has seen conditions more settled than early spring with warmer temperatures being reported around Hawkes Bay. As a result spring growth has been steady after a slow start … Continue reading

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Focus vineyard project launches

Why organic? By Caine Thompson, Viticulturist & Vineyards Manager, Mission Estate There are a number of varying views about organic growing, and questions about whether it is achievable, whether it is cost effective, and whether fruit quality and quantity can be … Continue reading

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Organic advisor’s report

By Bart Arnst, Viticultural Consultant     This was the first visit to Mission Estate as part of the focus vineyard comparison between an “in organic conversion” vineyard and a “conventional or agrichemically run vineyard.” We initially had an in-office … Continue reading

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