Located in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, Yealands Family Wines produces award-winning New Zealand wines in harmony with the environment.
A partnership agreement between the Department of Conservation and Yealands Family Wines was signed in January 2015.
The partnership has provided more than $100,000 over three years for conservation initiatives on and around the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds.
Yealands provided $75,000 to fund interpretation on the Queen Charlotte Track, through stunning interpretation panels and web-based stories.
The Queen Charlotte Track stretches from historic Ship Cove through to Anakiwa in the Grove Arm of Queen Charlotte Sound. With its stunning scenery and native wildlife, the track draws more than 16,000 people a year to walk or bike all or part of its 70-kilometre length.
Yealands has also contributed over $30,000 to island biosecurity from proceeds of sales of its Eco wine range. This sponsorship has allowed an intensive survillence programme to prevent reinvasion of pest species onto our precious pest-free islands.
Peter Yealand’s original vision was to become the world’s most sustainable wine producer. Yealands was the first winery in the world to be certified as carboNZeroCertTM from inception. The winery has one of New Zealand’s largest array of solar panels and their goal is to become energy self-sufficient and carbon negative.
During 2014 Yealands won a range of awards including ‘Greatest Contribution to a Sustainable New Zealand’ and 'Restorative Impact Award' from the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards and ‘World Champion’ at the International Green Apple Environment Awards.
Yealands staff assisted DOC in installing the new interpretation panels
Image: Wendy Sullivan | DOC