Viticulture & Wine Certification

Organic winegrowers work in harmony with nature. Growers value and encourage biodiversity in the vineyard, and use biological and naturally derived materials to enhance fertility and manage disease. Health is built from the ground up, with biologically active soils nourishing robust vines and fruits. 

Many leading and iconic New Zealand wine brands have demonstrated the advantages of organic management, noting improved wine quality and complexity from healthy organic fruit.

BioGro have been certifying New Zealand Organic Winegrowers for over 25 years. Our dedicated team have specialist knowledge in organic viticulture, winemaking and exporting. 

Certification can take up to 3 years

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BioGro help you every step of the way, below we explain how your organic journey would look from start to finish.


Expression of Interest

Tell us you're interested in organic certification. We are available for contact weekdays between 9-5, with a whole team eager to help you. Either email us using info@biogro.co.nz or call us on 04-801 9741. We also offer Initial Contact Meetings with a one-on-one consultation about whether certification is right for you. We highly advise an Initial Contact Meeting with one of our expert auditors. This allows us to assess whether certification is right for you at your current stage, and allows to give you advice on how to progress with your passion for organics.


Initial Assessment

After you have had your Initial Contact Meeting with an auditor, we will get in contact with you based on the outcome of this. If you are still committed to started your organic journey, the below outlines what this will look like

  1. We will ask you complete and send a short Application Form, we will invoice you on receipt of your application.
  2. BioGro will set you up with your own personal log-in. Once we get you online, we will ask you to fill out the online forms accompanied by some others.
  3. Once the certification fee has been paid, BioGro will assess your application.
  4. Whilst assessing your application, BioGro will arrange for an auditor to visit your operation to carry out an on-site inspection.
  5. Following a satisfactory audit report, we issue you with certification, and supply you with our highly recognised logo. We then require a copy of the product label(s) for us to assess and approve before you go to print
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Cost;

The annual cost of certification is $1950 plus label approval fees, auditor fees and G.S.T (auditor fee calculated on region). Please be aware that there are also small ongoing approval charges. Once you have submitted your application, we will give you a personalised quote.

Timeframe;

BioGro certification requires a minimum of 3 years compliance with the BioGro NZ Organic Standards;

  • Year 1 - Registration year (CO)
  • Year 2 - C1 Conversion status
  • Year 3 - C2 Conversion status
  • Year 4 onwards - fully certified organic

Your first audit will determine the registration start date of your property. To move through each stage of conversion to fully certified, you will need to demonstrate compliance with the BioGro NZ Organic Standards through annual renewal applications and audits.

If you believe that you had been following the BioGro Standards before you applied for certification then you can apply for retrospective registration up to a maximum of two years (that is, backdating of the registration start date)

What we will ask for;

It is crucial that you send us all necessary documentation, and ensure that all online forms are filled out carefully and correctly. We will give you guidance during this stage.