The fruit for our wines is harvested from the
Wairau Valley in the Marlborough growing region
of New Zealand’s south island.
The Wairau Valley, in the heart of the Marlborough winegrowing region, is our home.
THE Wairau River
It derives its name from the Wairau River which flows from the mountains in the west out east to the Pacific Ocean.
Distinctive & Flavourful
Shallow, stony and fast-draining soils perfectly suit Sauvignon Blanc and other varietals, providing distinctive, flavourful fruit characters.
OUR CELLAR DOOR
Our friendly, knowledgeable Cellar Door hosts enjoy entertaining visitors from around the world. The tasting range changes regularly to comprise a mix of new releases, limited edition and previous vintage wines.
We welcome groups and are happy to discuss ideas for your group visit.
Cellar Door Hours
Monday - Sunday 10am – 4.30pm
GOOD SOIL AND CANOPY MANAGEMENT, ALONG WITH COLD NIGHTS DURING RIPENING AND A BEAUTIFUL INDIAN SUMMER, PRESERVE ALL THE CONCENTRATED GRAPE FLAVOURS THAT YOU CAN TASTE IN EACH OF OUR WINES.
Waste heat system
In an effort to reduce the amount of electricity usage at Grove Mill winery, our wine tanks are now hooked up to a waste heat system.
This allows us to use reclaimed energy for heating purposes, such as preparing wine prior to bottling and raising the temperature of tanks during wine fermentation. The waste heat system is also used for hot water to keep our winery clean.
Grove Mill Winery recently installed three hundred grid connected solar panels.
This specialized type of solar panel returns energy to the grid if it generates more energy than the winery uses.
TO FURTHER REDUCE THE IMPACT ON OUR ENVIRONMENT, WE NOW USE LIGHTER WEIGHT, THINNER GLASS BOTTLES TO LESSEN FUTURE WASTE
Consequently, we are able to use smaller cartons to export our wines to the UK and the US. We are now able to ship 25% more wine in a single shipping container, which significantly reduces carbon emissions.
REFRIGERATION & TEMPERATURE CONTROL
Additional upgrades to our refrigeration and temperature control systems also contribute to energy conservation.
Upgraded refrigeration insulation lines and newly installed computerized tank temperature monitoring systems enable increased quality control and decreased environmental impact.
Frogs, due to their semi-permeable skin, are excellent indicators of environmental quality as they are typically the first wetland inhabitant to feel the ill effects of pollutants.
Frogs around the world are becoming increasingly endangered with an average of 35 species of amphibians becoming extinct annually. The main cause of these amphibian deaths worldwide is thought to be habitat destruction. The Southern Bell frog lives in the wetland at Grove Mill winery and is featured on every bottle of Grove Mill wine. It was first introduced to New Zealand from Australia around 1860. This large green frog measures between 55 mm and 1505 mm, has suction cupped toe pads and rear webbed feet. It has tadpoles that grow in waterways and ponds during the summer. They are unique due to their terrestrial lifestyle and no free-swimming tadpole stage.
Sustainability has been a focus since the winery’s inception in 1988.
In addition to the wetland we established beside the winery, we implement a variety of protocols to reduce our ecological footprint. Practices include: water recycling, composting, package recycling, use of electric forklifts, biological pest control and under vine mowing to help eliminate the use of artificial pesticides.
Preserving our environment and the quality of our wine.
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) was established in 1997 to help the industry elevate their performance in environmental, social and economic sustainability issues. Today, the SWNZ sets standards for vineyards and wineries that help preserve the environment and increase the quality of our wines. The group also manages communications with the public on the evolution and impact of our industry.
WE HARVEST FRUIT FROM BOTH ESTATE AND GROWER VINEYARDS LOCATED IN MARLBOROUGH’S TWO MARQUEE REGIONS: THE AWATERE AND WAIRAU VALLEYS.
All of our vineyards are sustainably farmed and Grove Mill Winery is Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand certified.
- All estate vineyards used in Grove Mill wines are certified by SWNZ
- All winemaking and bottling plants are accredited by SWNZ
- Soil and vine tests are conducted by an independent expert who makes recommendations based on soil type and grape variety
- Cover crops are planted to attract beneficial insects as well as to encourage nitrogen and other nutrients in the soil
- Management -
- Moisture in the soil is measured to determine the least amount of water necessary to sustain healthy vines
- Irrigation audits are performed regularly
Weed & Disease
- Management -
- The Grove Mill team is trained in pest and disease monitoring protocols
- Mowers dispense clippings under the vines to enhance organic matter in the soil