The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Organic Wine Week is back this September

Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ) has announced the return of Organic Wine Week from 17-23 September, 2019.

The overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural celebration has convinced OWNZ to turn it into an annual institution. With this year’s increased pool of participants, there will be an opportunity for everyone to get involved. Whether it is to purchase a bottle from an online retailer, drop by a wine shop for a complimentary tasting, or to secure a seat at a decadent meal celebrating the best of New Zealand.

Growers’ association, Organic Winegrowers New Zealand, is collaborating with the finest restaurants and retailers to craft a week of engaging events celebrating organic wines. Events will run across New Zealand and in the heart of London, UK. Organic Wine Week will showcase the impressive number and calibre of New Zealand organic and biodynamic wine producers, with events designed to help consumers understand – and taste – why choosing organic wine is great for both them and our landscapes.

Organic producers occupy a growing place in New Zealand’s wine industry. More than 10% of New Zealand wineries now hold organic certification, including many of the country’s most acclaimed wine labels. Announced just last week, Central Otago is leading the way with 23% of their vineyard land being managed organically (17% certified organic and 6% in conversion) with promises of many more on the brink of change. Certified organic and biodynamic growers work to create a balanced vineyard ecosystem, creating great wines without the use of synthetic chemicals in the vineyard or winery.

Many winemakers and restaurateurs are choosing organic for a combination of reasons, primarily environmental ethics and the wine quality that results.

“Our wine list is predominantly organic as we find that these wines and the people who make them resonate with our ethos in the kitchen of respecting the ingredients that we use,” says Jordon MacDonald, chef and co-owner of Auckland’s Culprit restaurant. “These producers respect their land, environment and product and often yield superior results.”

Thirty-plus organic wineries will participate in live events for Organic Wine Week. Several of New Zealand’s top restaurants will host dinners, with organic winemakers sharing their wines in person. And, nationwide, retailers are collaborating to ensure consumer education is a top priority with a mix of in-store tastings and on-line specials.

To discover the details of OWNZ’s Organic Wine Week event series and secure your ‘seat at the table’, visit