Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Is it time for McLaren Vale to have a sustainable farm system?


In spite of hard times New Zealand grapegrower are taking to a sustainable farming accreditation system reports 'The Marlborough Express.'

The number of wine growers signing up for Sustainable Winegrowing accreditation continues to increase with 1157 vineyards now accredited or working toward accreditation, a 69% per cent increase on June 2008 figures.

Of that figure, 583 Marlborough vineyards are accredited or working toward it, representing 15,166 hectares of grapeland.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/2304423/Wineries-seek-quality-label

Many feel McLaren Vale would benefit from a similar system. Instead of relying on individual efforts and wine marketing, regional business could join a system and work towards meaningful goals that can be recognized.

Look out for this McLaren Vale system to begin soon.

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