At Jules Taylor Wines we care about doing things the right way. We continually try to improve our little business and to have a positive impact on the place in which we live and work and on the people we meet along the way. For us this means:
All of our grapes, wines and production facilities are 100% accredited by the world-leading New Zealand Sustainable Winegrowers scheme. Through this programme, we monitor and minimise all inputs in the grapegrowing and winemaking process, including water, energy and chemicals, as well as outputs such as waste.
All our wines are made with a minimal intervention approach, handling the wines as little as possible and avoiding additives wherever possible. All our white and rosé wines are Vegan friendly from the 2018 vintage onwards.
In 2019 we joined the Organic Winegrowers New Zealand and committed to moving our OTQ range fully organic. We have made our first certified organic wine (labelled as Wine from Organically Grown Grapes for the US market) from the 2020 vintage and look forward to releasing it in 2021.
In 2020 we switched power providers to ensure that the power we use at JTHQ is from 100% renewable sources (wind, water and sun).
We are working with the local council and with our neighbours to redevelop the wetland area around the Jules Taylor HQ property by removing introduced species and restoring the area to native plantings. The goal is to increase the biodiversity of our area and provide a habitat for native birds and insects, as well as a lovely environement to sit and enjoy a cuppa!
REDUCED & OFFSET TRAVEL
Prior to Covid we were offsetting the carbon emissions for all our air travel and this is still the case for any (minimal) domestic NZ air travel. We have also replaced air travel with virtual meetings and tastings wherever possible.
WORK / LIFE BALANCE
Jules and George look after their staff and have recently moved to a four-day work week to allow the team to make the most of the relaxed, outdoorsy lifestyle that Marlborough has to offer.
RESPONSIBLE ENJOYMENT OF ALCOHOL
We believe wine is best enjoyed as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Jules encourages moderate consumption at both private and public events, and personally practices annual alcohol-free months. We try to ensure all food pairing ideas are fresh and healthy, and include vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options where possible. We maintain a veggie patch at JTHQ, producing fruit and vegetables for staff and families to enjoy. We try to ensure that visitor itineraries include some outdoor activity to balance all the eating and drinking that is a part of our industry!