Percentage of New Zealand’s vineyards that are now officially certified as sustainable, according to a report in Decanter magazine. The country launched its certification program known as Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand in 1995, making it one of the first countries to do so. Wineries and growers in the program are audited by an outside independent agency who assess compliance in six areas: water, waste, pest and disease control, soil, climate change, and people.

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