YEALANDS FAM­ILY WINES

MARL­BOR­OUGH, NEW ZEALAND WINE­MAKER: JEFF FYFE

Halliday - - The Holistic Way - yealands.co.nz; @yealands

As the world’s first win­ery to be cer­ti­fied car­bon neu­tral since in­cep­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity is at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do, from our state-of-the-art win­ery de­signed to col­lect rain­wa­ter run-off, to en­do­phytic grass to keep grass grubs away. A trip to our vine­yard is not only about tast­ing our award-win­ning wines, but also see­ing the 25 wet­lands we’ve de­vel­oped for bio­di­ver­sity, the chick­ens we use for pest con­trol, the minia­ture Baby­doll sheep and Kunekune pigs who mow the rows, and our “Spe­cial Brew” com­post that aids wa­ter re­ten­tion and re­duces lo­cal in­dus­try waste (it glis­tens with mus­sel shells). We also gen­er­ate re­new­able en­ergy through the largest so­lar panel ar­ray in NZ, wind tur­bines and vine prun­ings, which are baled and burned for en­ergy. Since open­ing in 2008, Yealands has won 25 tro­phies, 1300-plus ac­co­lades and a num­ber of sus­tain­abil­ity awards, prov­ing the best way to craft beau­ti­ful wines is in part­ner­ship with na­ture.

A Kunekune pig in the vines.

Com­post un­der the vines.

Wine­maker Jeff Fyfe.

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