D’Amato & Szabo: Wine Thieves – Episode 24: The Cost of a Mile: New Zealand';s Green Journey

The Cost of a Mile: New Zealand’s Green Journey

The Wine Thieves begin a new virtual adventure to Aotearoa, the “land of the long white cloud”, more commonly known as New Zealand. In this first episode, John and Sara get a handle on what sustainability means to Kiwi grape growers, 96% of which are certified by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, or SWNZ. Along with their special guest, Dr. Ed Massey, General Manager Sustainability at Wines of New Zealand, they get to the bottom of the concept of Food (or Wine) Miles. The country is very far from just about everywhere in the world, so how can drinking NZ wine be “sustainable” if it it has to be shipped half-way around the world to you? Tune in to find out the answer. Walk 700 miles across New Zealand’s wine regions in the shoes of the Wine Thieves (1,100 km for the civilized folks) as they embark upon this 5-part adventure investigating alternative grape varieties, the low alcohol wine trend, the rise of syrah, and of course, pinot noir, chardonnay, and unstoppable sauvignon blanc. 
This episode is produced in partnership with New Zealand Winegrowers.