Dog Point Vineyard has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Award demonstrating a working vineyard with a commercial edge.
Nearly half the property is devoted to native bush, wetlands, open spaces, park-like plantings, orchards, vegetable gardens and pasture.
Grapes and wine are produced organically because they believe the days of heavy chemical use in the industry are numbered and they aim to be up and running with organics before pressure comes on for industry change.
While premium winegrowing earns the income, Dog Point directors Ivan and Marg Sutherland are committed to creating a diverse and attractive landscape on the former farm land. Mass plantings of native trees are attracting more tui, bellbird and kereru while introduced bird species, including the vineyard pests, appear to have decreased.
The judges said that as more shelter belts are bulldozed to make way for vineyards on the Wairau Plain, the extensive and diverse plantings at Dog Point Estate are truly inspiring.
“Their work to create native bush, open parklands, productive orchards and woodlots alongside the vineyard is a great example of biodiversity and commercial success in action,” the judges said.
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