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Montana Wines first NZ winery to achieve five international standards

Montana Wines is the first wine business in New Zealand to achieve five top international industry standards relating to quality, environment, health and safety, for all its vineyards, wineries and packaging facilities across the country.

Montana is Pernod Ricard New Zealand’s largest wine brand that became legends for planting the first Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in Marlborough and has now developed more vineyards in the region – and in the rest of New Zealand – than anyone else.

Montana promotes biodiversity and has planted tens of thousands of native plants around its vineyards and can rightly claim that many parts of the land are now in an environmentally healthier state than before the vineyards were developed.

All production units now comply with the ISO9001 standard for quality management, ISO14001 for environmental management and ISO18001/AS/ANZ4801 for health and safety systems. The Tamaki packaging and distribution facility in Auckland is certified to British Retail Consortium standard (BRC) for food safety, while all other sites have been accredited to ISO22000 for food safety.

“We recognise our responsibility to adopt the best safety, quality and environmentally sustainable practices in all aspects of our business. This is not only beneficial to our staff, customers and consumers, but also to the wider community and the New Zealand environment,” notes Pernod Ricard's managing director, Fabian Partigliani.

“Achieving these global standards has long been a major focus for us and we were also a founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) 11 years ago. The programme provides a framework for best practices in the areas of vineyard and winery management and SWNZ is the only wine industry sustainability vehicle in New Zealand, regarded as one of the best programs of its kind in the world.”

Over recent years, the company developed an integrated Quality Safety and Environment (QSE) management system which was audited independently by SGS New Zealand Limited, the auditing body for the International Standards Organisation (ISO). SGS approved the certifications for Pernod Ricard’s wineries and vineyards in Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Waipara and the Tamaki packaging and distribution facility.

“Our latest achievements show our commitment to the goal of helping New Zealand maintain its clean, green image,” said Partigliani. “We’ll continue to develop sustainable winegrowing so that we can satisfy current needs without compromising the needs or options of future generations.”

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