Greystone Winery awarded Qualmark recognition – Sustainability efforts were recognised once more with national tourism certification granted to Greystone Wines.
Greystone Wines, located in Waipara, has been awarded Qualmark recognition under the Sustainable Tourism Business criteria.
The certification, which is supported by Tourism NZ, comes after Greystone’s recent recognition as Toit? Envirocare net carbonzero certified.
Qualmark General Manager Steven Dixon says Greystone Wines has a very compelling story to tell, as a certified organic winery and vineyard.
“The diversity of soil types, aspects and the different varieties planted has created a high-quality, wide and interesting selection of wines for their cellar door experience. The restaurant experience and menu using locally-sourced ingredients only add to the guest experience,” says Steven.
The Qualmark certification is designed to help travellers select experiences based on excellence and best practise in high-quality, safe and sustainable experiences.
Greystone general manager Nick Gill says Greystone is proud to show excellence in the sustainability space.
“We’ve dedicated endless hours and resources to reduce our environmental impact over several years, however we’re still in the early days and we only want to keep improving all areas of the business. We’ve proven it is possible to be carbon-certified and organic and we hope our efforts encourage others in the wine industry to follow suit.”
Greystone’s entire 50-hectare vineyard, located in the North Canterbury wine region, is certified organic with BioGro New Zealand. The company has clocked up numerous awards, with the award-winning Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir produced using an age-old outdoor winemaking method that sees grapes handpicked and fermented outside in the vineyard rows where the fruit is grown.
“Since 2004 Greystone have been hand crafting wines from their vineyard here in the limestone and clay hills of Omihi. They proudly grow our grapes organically and regeneratively, to best look after the farm that is their home. Welcome to Greystone.”