Aurum

Aurum Wines is a boutique, organic winery in Central Otago, New Zealand. From the beginning, Aurum Wines has been committed to an environmentally aware philosophy.

Joan and Tony Lawrence – Aurum’s founders – planted their first grapes at 45th Parallel Vineyard on the Pisa Flats just 6 km from Cromwell in 1997. The Cromwell basin is surrounded by mountains; the Pisa Range, the Dunstan mountains and the Cairnmuir Range along with the huge Southern Alps to the west, all block rain to the valley. The glacial gravels, sands and silts of the Cromwell Valley are particularly suited to growing grape vines because of their low fertility and high mineral content.

“We constantly seek new ways to improve vineyard and winery practices to ensure an environmentally sustainable business. We believe we have a moral obligation to preserve our rural environment. We believe a continued focus on good environmental management is positive not only from a sustainability and good business point of view but will also help us create better wines. We value the soil in which our vines flourish and strive to preserve the environment in and around our vineyard, minimising environmental impacts wherever possible.”

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