All of Central Otago considers organics

30 May, 2008

Producers from New Zealand's Central Otago are making moves to get the whole region certified as organic.

A government-sponsored organic body has given the region a grant to teach vineyard owners and viticulturalists about organic practices, and to look into potential problems and issues that Central Otago could face if it went wholly organic.

Steve Green, of Carrick, told OLN: "A number of wineries in the region are already biodynamic or organic or going through the transition. After some discussions there was a real feeling within the region that we should look into trying to encourage

wineries and vineyards to move to an organic status.

"It is certainly underpinned by the feeling that it is the right thing to do in terms of environmental issues; but obviously it will have an impact from the way the region can present itself," he added.

Green said Central Otago is in a good position to go organic, because its climate means it does not have rot problems, while recent cooler winters have kept other predators and pests at bay.

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