Saint Clair Family Estate is committed to developing and continually improving sustainable practices, above and beyond Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand regulations.

Production

SWNZ Accreditation

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) is an industry-wide certification programme led by New Zealand Winegrowers

Sustainable Bottles

Saint Clair supports local industries as much as possible and uses glass bottles manufactured by Chandler Glass and Packaging. Chandler is an Auckland producer of lightweight glass bottles designed to help reduce the environmental impact of wine packaging. Saint Clair wines are bottled at Wineworks, a Toitū carbon zero business that measures and reduces greenhouse gas emissions during the bottling process.

Label Production

Saint Clair labels are printed using Wrapt Labels. This New Zealand company only uses inks and materials that are ecofriendly and are a part of the globally leading Avery Dennison Recycling programme.

Viticulture

Future Posts

Saint Clair GM of Winegrowing Jarrah Prior and the viticulture team are actively replacing wooden vineyard posts with ‘Future Posts’ around Marlborough. Standard treated wooden posts only have a lifespan of 10 years and contain harsh chemicals that negatively impact the environment. These recycled Future Posts create a positive difference to our environment by reducing waste and the use of harmful chemicals. The recycled plastic that goes into Future Posts originates from wineries all over New Zealand, Saint Clair Included. Plastic waste from the winery such as soft plastics, liners and barrel wrap is all sent to Re Plast for recycling into Future Posts.

Grape Marc

Saint Clair reuses fermented grape skins as mulch in vineyards around the Marlborough region. Grape Marc works as an excellent mulch for Saint Clair’s vineyards, adding extra nutrients into the soils and feeding the growing vines. Saint Clair also gives a portion of its grape marc to local producers Cranky Goat who use the skins to make delicious cheeses.

Tiny Footprints

Saint Clair has a Green Team committee focused on improving the business's environmental impact. Initiatives range from small to big, but all have an impact. Grovetown Lagoon plantings to improve freshwater habitats for native species around Marlborough is one of the projects that the Green Team have initiated
Marlborough Falcon Trust. The Ibbotson family annually sponsors this trust protecting Kārearea, New Zealand’s Native Falcon. The Kārearea, is an endangered species in New Zealand with only an estimated 6,000 left.
The Saint Clair Green Team put in a lot of effort to reduce their carbon footprint during the working week. There are multiple initiatives in place to keep the workplace clean, tidy and environmentally conscious.
  • Worm farm – In house worm farm for all suitable food scraps.
  • Composting facilities – All food waste not suitable for our worm farm is composted.
  • Recycling – Full recycling facilitation including polystyrene and soft plastic partners.
  • Barrells and staves - Staff members are encouraged to take home used oak staves.

Statistics

  • Saint Clair makes 30% water savings related to the use of sub-surface irrigation throughout Saint Clair vineyards as opposed to above-ground technology.
  • 50% of Saint Clair forklift fleet is powered by electricity. This portion of the fleet is used as priority equipment for daily tasks.
  • Saint Clair wines are produced in 100% SWNZ-certified winemaking facilities.
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