Akarua was established by the Skeggs family in 1996, amongst the first daring pioneers of the Bannockburn subregion of Central Otago. We now have further vineyards nestled underneath the starkly dramatic Pisa Ranges, and it is here we are pursuing certified organic farming. We now harvest – 90% of which is pinot noir – in 88 separate parcels, committed to the diversity of our fragile desert mountain vineyards. Every Autumn we support our local community with the Akarua Arrowtown Festival, and profits are reinvested into future-reaching conservational projects. We value progression, but remain quietly steadfast about what still drives us today – family, our people and our place.
We are thrilled to confirm the following wineries are part of Pinot Noir NZ 2021
Our 12 hectare family-owned vineyard sits alone at 380 metres above sea level on a stunning north-facing slope in Central Otago’s Upper Clutha basin. Here we are obsessively dedicated to the production of exceptional Pinot noir, so obsessed that it’s all we grow. We planted the vineyard in 2002, and launched our label Akitu – which in Maori means the apex or highest point – in 2012.
Allan Scott is one of the true pioneers and a name synonymous with New Zealand’s acclaimed Marlborough region. Allan along with wife Catherine founded the Allan Scott Family Winemakers label in 1990 and quickly became a household brand name in the highly competitive wine industry. Today Allan, Catherine and the entire family of Victoria, Joshua and Sara head up the production and marketing management of the company with a highly skilled operational team. The family produces a range of aromatic wines especially well suited to the region’s gravelly soils and sunny climate.
Amisfield was established in 1988 and is a Central Otago based specialist producer of Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines, sourced from fruit grown on their Single Vineyard Estate, situated beneath the glacially sculptured Pisa mountain range.
Vineyards are managed holistically through organic practices focused around nurturing Amisfield’s unique soils, vines and habitats – this combined with a rugged inland location and an extreme semi-continental climate, yields wines of remarkable purity, intensity and vibrancy.
Astrolabe is owned and operated by winemaker Simon Waghorn and his family in Marlborough, New Zealand. We choose to live and work in Marlborough because we think the grapes here are the best in the world. We source our fruit from diverse microclimates and soils, including limestone. Our growers live on their land and have a commitment and relationship with their land which reflects a respect for the natural environment within which they live and work. At Astrolabe Farm, our home vineyard, we practise organics, dry farm and are working on restoring natural waterways and expanding our composting initiative.
Ata Rangi, meaning “dawn sky” or “new beginning” in Maori, is a small producer in Martinborough, located at the southern end of New Zealand’s North Island. Our founder, Clive Paton, is one of the country’s pioneers of Pinot Noir, planting his first vines on the stony terrace in 1980. The vineyard and winemaking team, led by Helen Masters, focuses on organic practices and traditional techniques. We combine a passion for conservation with a deep respect for the land. Restoration and regeneration of native flora and fauna is a driving force, engaging our team and wider community in making a tangible and meaningful difference to our local landscape.
Bell Hill Vineyard
Established in 1997, situated at an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury, a previously unplanted area. This is a unique site with marine limestone derived soils, we have planted two hectares of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at high density of up to 12,500 vines/ha. We seek to reflect the characteristics of our site and soil in the wines we make. Our vineyard management is very detailed, we consider this high level of manual labour as being crucial in achieving site potential.
Family owned, our three hillside vineyards lie on slopes at the top of the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury.
Nicholas and his team work with nature to build strong foundations, detail and quality. Our intention is for these special vineyards to sustain their own natural rhythms for generations to come.
The vineyards, Home, Damsteep and Netherwood are small and within 5km of the other with slopes of clay and various limestone soils. Our Pinot Noir is not made with additions, except for minimal sulphur at bottling and each wine is filtered or fined.
We’re certified with Biogro 5202 and use Biodynamic practices to create healthy places for our vines and people to grow.
Blank Canvas, launched in 2013, is the pursuit of husband and wife team, Matt Thomson and Sophie Parker-Thomson. With 27 years’ winemaking experience in both Europe and New Zealand we are able to look holistically at the enormous potential New Zealand has with Pinot Noir. It allows us to bring the knowledge of Europe’s maturity; successfully marrying variety with site. We seek out special Pinot Noir sites of low-vigour for solely single vineyard expressions. We pursue elegance and perfume rather than size, while respecting expression of site. Using low toast oak ensures the profile is not obscured by sweet notes and remains true to terroir, while fermenting with a proportion of whole-cluster givens tannic complexity and longevity.
Borthwick Vineyard Pinot is People, Place, Passion and Philosophy.
A name synonymous with the international meat industry, farming 4000 acres of Wairarapa hill country and 70 acres of premium grapes in the Gladstone region.
We are about farming the land with a team of people that share the passion and philosophy to capture the best that the vineyard can deliver, whilst amalgamating a long-term vision with progressive respect of the previous generations.
Since planting Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in 1975, Brancott Estate has crafted wines that reflect the land and express what nature provides.
We have always had an eye on the future, advocating sustainability across all aspects of the business. As a founding member of SWNZ, Brancott Estate continues to exceed the program’s accreditation requirements.
Believing we can create a positive impact beyond our vineyard boundaries, to date Brancott Estate has raised over half a million dollars for The Marlborough Falcon Trust, helping to ensure the ongoing survival of New Zealand’s native Karearea; and have partnered with Conservation Volunteers providing employee time and resources to regenerate Marlborough’s Para Wetland and enhance biodiversity.
Brightwater Vineyards is the premium boutique vineyard and winery of Gary and Valley Neale, located 20 minutes west of Nelson “the Sunshine Capital of New Zealand”.
All our wines are estate grown, handcrafted in our modern winery, bottled onsite and are 100% sustainable. Our philosophy is to produce sophisticated wines that show clarity , purity and precision, complimented by elegant complexity.
“New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2012”
“Champion Pinot Noir Trophy – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015”.
Burn Cottage Vineyard
We came about from a passion and love for Pinot Noir, in many ways a bit of fortuitous timing, and a gut feeling about this special site in Central Otago. The natural amphitheatre sits low under the Pisa Mountain Range which shapes our microclimate, and our land was carved out by the gentle ebb and flow of the Clutha and Kawarau rivers. Burn Cottage Vineyard started out in 2002, and from inception has been farmed with Biodynamic methods to care for the vineyard and its surrounds for the future. Calling this dramatically beautiful region home means our wine talks of place, climate, geology and most importantly of the people that make everything possible.
At Carrick we are committed to producing wines that speak of our unique home in Bannockburn, Central Otago. To express this beautiful place, we make wines using only hand-picked, organically certified, estate grown fruit, made with 100% indigenous yeast and minimal winery additions. Established in 1993, Carrick has always been about place. The name derives from the gold mining town and the mountain range to which Carrick looks. The majority of what we make is Pinot Noir, the rest is whites – Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.
Based at our Sound of White vineyard in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley, Catalina Sounds pays homage to New Zealand’s famous and largest war bird, the Catalina, which played a critical role during and after World War II. At Catalina Sounds we draw inspiration for our wines from these graceful, unique flying boats and the respect they garner throughout the world. Our philosophy is focussed upon creating wines of great honesty and purity whilst also incorporating subtle texture and complexity.
the land was arid and deserted. the brothers made wine.
Bannockburn, Central Otago.
The summer days are long, hot, and tinder dry. In autumn the nights are cold. In winter they are bitter. The soils of Bannockburn are unforgiving. Windblown. Stony.
The land has never made it easy.
“I have an opinion and I feel compelled to express it. Vines are the same. We get on well.”
“In many respects wine is like a piece of art. You’ve had direct input in how it was conceived but then you sit back and let others experience it in their own way.”
Rob Hay and Gerdi Schumann, planted their vineyard on a sliver of land perched high above the Kawarau River on the flanks of the Remarkable mountain range, Queenstown in 1986. Rob moved south to establish the pioneering winery believing that Central held something special for grape growing. These days the winery owns a further 6 estate vineyards in Cromwell – Lowburn. The properties are all farmed with an ethos of low impact and good practice using sustainable methods and organics on select blocks. Having been established for over 30 years the family owned company has deep roots in its community through a broad range of support and commitments, notably of which has been Gerdi’s 20+ year stewardship of the Arrowtown Pre-School.
Certified organic and biodynamically farmed, Churton vineyard occupies a high hillside above the Waihopai Valley. Looking after our community through strong environmental ethics has always been the 25 year plan of the Weaver family. Jack and Ben, second generation, alongside Mandy and Sam, founders, create wines that on the one hand are fun and innovative and on the other seriously good, satisfying and intellectually stimulating. Churton tells the story of care, place and people.
For the past 10 generations, our family has committed to reveal the expression of our place – heart and soul – in our village of Chavignol in Sancerre, France. This philosophy has grown into the thirst to discover a new place, one we could also call home, a land we would nurture to express Pinot Noir through the singularity of new soils. We found it here in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. We baptised it Clos Henri. We have set new roots in this land we feel empowered by. – The Bourgeois Family
Cloudy Bay (Te Wahi)
Cloudy Bay, founded in 1985 by David Hohnen, was one of Marlborough first wineries and often credited with putting New Zealand on the global wine map. David’s vision was to create wines that were expressive of their terroir and to always put quality at the heart of every decision. We feel a great responsibility to guard this legacy, believing that it is important to leave something of true value to the next generation – in terms of the wines, the vines, the brand and the land.
Cloudy Bay, founded in 1985 by David Hohnen, was one of Marlborough first wineries and often credited with putting New Zealand on the global wine map. David’s vision was to create wines that were expressive of their terroir and to always put quality at the heart of every decision. We feel a great responsibility to guard this legacy, believing that it is important to leave something of true value to the next generation – in terms of the wines, the vines, the brand and the land.
As one of the oldest vineyards in Central Otago this 7 hectare Gibbston vineyard is one of the few remaining Single Estates in the region with well-established vines reflecting this unique alpine terroir. The Coal Pit label, created by Rosie Dunphy & her family in 2001, was named after the historic coalpit site in the nearby mountain range. Their Pinot Noir ‘Tiwha’ pays tribute to Rosie’s late father of Te Arawa descent, who passed on his strong sense of family and love for the land. The move towards organics is part of their primary philosophy of caring for the land.
Corofin is the artisan winemaking project of Mike and Anna Paterson, which evolved to tell the story of some pretty special Marlborough Pinot sites. It has become a collaboration with farmers whose vineyards have and will produce fruit that acts as a beacon of individual terroir. The hope with all Corofin wines is to transmit a sense of place and season first, over fruit intensity or winemaking ambition.
Craggy Range is a family owned winery established in 1998, and situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak in the premium wine growing area of Hawke’s Bay New Zealand.
Craggy Range produces a collection of iconic wines from grapes grown on exceptional estates in Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough, and Marlborough, with an unrelenting focus on quality. From the stony, warm soils of the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay to the volcanic, clay soils of Te Muna Road in Martinborough, these exceptional vineyards produce wines with amazing aromatics, purity and complexity.
After a stint in the music industry and working in his family’s historic establishment, McCrossen’s Tavern in Philadelphia, Daniel Brennan discovered Martinborough Pinot Noir. Impacted by the purity of fruit and complexity of these wines, Daniel uprooted his life and moved, penniless but full of passion to study winemaking in New Zealand. In the past 13 years cultivating Whanaungatanga Daniel has worked for and with some of NZ’s top producers while developing his own wines under the Decibel and Testify labels. With a massive awareness of kaitiakitanga and the future he wants to leave for his daughter, his turangawaewae is next to his growers where they work to transition their vineyards to organics.
Dog Point Vineyard
Dog Point Vineyard is located at the confluence of the Brancott and Omaka Valleys in Marlborough and is one of the oldest privately established vineyards in the region.
With a hands-off approach to winemaking, all fruit is from hand-picked, and low cropped vines, producing a bright perfumed, supple expression of pinot noir from clay hill slopes.
We are the largest Biogro certified organic vineyard area in New Zealand. Our organic focus flows throughout the property with native bush, wetlands, pasture, beehives, walking tracks, orchard and vegetable gardens. This philosophy is about creating a healthy community and preserving the land for future generations.
Domain Road Vineyard
Domain Road has two vineyards located on Felton Road and Domain Road, Bannockburn, Central Otago.
Originally drawn to the area because of Central Otago’s legendary hot summers, Graeme and Gillian Crosbie found it also to be an ideal place to grow grapes. The unique vineyard microclimates produce high quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc wines. Domain Road wines, grown and crafted with a dedication to excellence and a traditional hands-on approach.
Domaine Thomson is a family-owned wine producer, with vineyards and homes in Central Otago, New Zealand and Burgundy, France. Proprietors PM and David Hall-Jones are dedicated to making the finest Pinot Noir in two hemispheres – wines that express the individual terroirs of each region. The Domaine Thomson crest symbolises PM and David’s passion and commitment to this unique “two hemisphere” adventure.
Dry River Wines
At Dry River Wines we aim to bottle a blend of our unique vision and nature’s creativity. This approach was initiated by Dr. Neil McCallum who, together with his partner Dawn, first planted our vines in the gravelly Martinborough Terrace soils in 1979. The expression of individuality has always been a focal point for our wine, a combination of the classic and organic farming principles we follow and the winemaking practices we continue to develop. Dry River’s team of six is small but not isolated: with the support of the Robertson family, we strive not just to produce the best wine but to promote the region’s capabilities, because our strength and success is inextricably tied to that of our community.
At Escarpment, we have created an expression of NZ Pinot Noir which has evolved over 35 years of dedication to the variety. It has been sculpted by Tim Bourne and Larry McKenna from fruit entirely originating from Martinborough vineyards. We are interested in the structure, complexity and fruit expression of our wines and how they are pronounced from single sites. Our future is to fashion wines of great complexity and elegance from our organic status vineyards.
When the world’s house is on fire organics is just not enough. Rebuilding soil carbon is the driving force behind Di Holding’s work, both in the vineyard and out in the paddocks. The soil on the Estate hasn’t been disturbed for the better part of 15 years allowing our microscopic workers to do what they do best… build soil and sequester carbon. Planted in 2003 and certified organic since 2008, this tiny vineyard produces pinot noir like none other. Distinctively “Fancrest” in a way only vines intimately connected to limestone soils can deliver. Di is hands on from pruning to harvest and is most often found working alone in the vineyard. This is personal.
Felton Road farm four estate vineyards in the Bannockburn subregion of Central Otago and has employed a strict biodynamic regime (Demeter & BioGro certified) since 2002. Winemaking is minimalist; each lot being encouraged to express its individual strengths and largely free from human interference. The resulting wines are statements of place and weather, each distinct, reflecting the seasons and the soils of their respective vineyard site. A deep respect for the land has formed since planting began in 1992 with non-vineyard areas devoted to native reforestation, farming livestock and many other sustainability initiatives. Felton Road has a formidable worldwide reputation and its refined and harmonious Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Rieslings can be found in over 40 countries.
Nestled in the Moutere hills near Nelson, our family vineyard is influenced by Tasman Bay to the east, protected by the Kahurangi Ranges to the west, and nourished by the clay-gravel soils below. Historically pastoral land and apple orchards, our handcrafted approach and attention to detail perpetuate more than a century of diligent land care. Beyond the vineyard, we’re enhancing our small valley’s community of hops, cider, gourmet food producers and artists by developing wetlands and planting a diverse habitat.
The stony skeleton of the Wairau River provides the perfect home for Forrest Wines.
Our second generation, family owned, winery and vineyards, situated amongst the alluvial river deposits of the Wairau River plains and the clays of the Southern Valleys offer wines with character, elegance and distinction.
Farming Marlborough for Generations our core focus is always to pass this land to the next generation in a better state than we received it. To expose the soul of this land we focus on sustainable and organic practices, enhancing the vitality of the soils to express the very best of our terroir.
With a small, passionate dedicated team we call our family, working the land, the wines and the global markets Forrest is set for generations.
We make wine by our own rules
We’re big believers in doing what you love. So when it comes to making wine, we just make wine that we ourselves want to drink.
We love aromatic styled wines to accompany food. And over the years, our Framingham range has grown with a strong tradition of winemaking for balance, texture and complexity.
By combining small batches of fruit from different parts of the vineyard, we build depth of flavour and texture. Our place is at 19 Conder’s Bend Road, in the Wairau Valley, Marlborough. Here we believe in restoring the balance on our organic vineyard.
We want to make quality wines for years to come. But not at the expense of the land.
We are a family-owned Sogrape company.
FROMM is an organic boutique winery, family owned in the heart of Marlborough.
Our philosophy places terroir over technology, and grape quality over quantity. We are dedicated to producing intense, concentrated wines.
All FROMM wines have an uncompromising emphasis on texture and drinkability. We carefully regulate crop size, follow organic principles and are committed to sustainable viticulture. We feel that to make great wines, we need to start with organically grown grapes.
Gibbston Valley Wines
A maelstrom of creativity and vineyard diversity and has seen a blossoming of Gibbston Valley’s production. Where there was one in 1987, there are now eight Pinot Noirs given full voice. Established mature vineyards mark the Gibbston subregion; high altitude Bendigo sites the rest. Lo fi winemaking, slavish devotion and avid interest in the product has kept the team rapacious. Diversity, we say, is expression, not confusion. Or maybe both.
“From their first vintage in 1984, walking to their own tried and true beat, the three Giesen Brothers have always created great wines. A passion for Pinot drove Theo, Alex and Marcel to invest in two unique, organically farmed vineyard sites in Marlborough that produce truly World Class Pinot Noir. Clayvin and Ridge vineyards represent our Pinot Noir journey, our expression of the land, our Marlborough heritage and our Giesen family spirit. Join us on our journey”.
Gladstone Vineyard was planted in 1986, in the central sub-region of the Wairarapa valley. The region is home to the first plantings of Pinot Noir in New Zealand. Our vineyards are planted along the river terraces of the Ruamanhanga River which offers a semi-maritime microclimate with long sunlight hours. These optimal grape ripening conditions paired with a respect for the land has championed a winemaking style that expresses the best of the region.
Grasshopper Rock was established by five families in 2003. In a dramatic Central Otago landscape of mountains and semi-arid basins our vines occupy a small 10-hectare site dedicated to growing pinot noir. Today, Grasshopper Rock is a distinguished single vineyard expression of pinot noir. Each vintage carries a message about this distinctive site and the weather patterns of the year.
For over thirty years the Greenhough Hope Vineyard has been our home, our work and our inspiration. This place defines our flavours and frames our memories.
Our vines grow on an elevated terrace of clay-rich river gravels at the foothills of the Richmond Range. Pinot Noir is our most planted variety here.
Conversion to organic management in 2008 was motivated by the desire to care for our land and the pursuit of wines truly expressive of their people and place.
Greystone is an organic farm on the limestone hills of North Canterbury. The Thomas family converted a farm into 40 hectares of vines in 2004, with a few sheep to help with the weeding. Dom Maxwell, winemaker, has been a pioneer in fermenting outside in the specific rows where the grapes are grown. Through destemming outside, wild ferments in the vineyard, and organic viticulture we hope to share the beauty of where we live and grow.
Kei puta te Wairau – The sun always finds a hole in the clouds in the Wairau.
The Wairau Valley is the home of Greywacke and in particular the wind-blown loess soils of the Southern Valleys, fundamental to the structure and style of Greywacke’s fragrantly aromatic pinot noir. Established in 2009, Greywacke’s philosophy is to honour the sunny, maritime climate utilising the indigenous vineyard microflora to create wines reflecting the uniqueness of this South Pacific land.
Jackson Estate has been in the business for over 30 years. Handcrafting boutique Pinot Noir with elegance, finesse and longevity in our state-of-the-art winery, based in the world-renowned Marlborough growing region.
With total respect for our land and focusing on low cropping levels, small-batch fermentation, single vineyard fruits and minimal winemaking intervention, we continue to achieve incremental improvements year on year, in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way.
Our certified organic Chiaroni-Jakobsson family 4ha vineyard in the Alexandra basin Central Otago is planted in Pinot Noir and St Laurent. We planted Pinot in 1998-2000 mostly grown from cuttings. Our wines are elegant, sensuous and intimate. A romance not a blockbuster, balance not power, family not corporate, love not lust. The gravity of our Pinot Noir brings people together. So small we are almost invisible, we are the Higgs Bosun of World Pinot Noir.
Jules Taylor Wines
Born in Marlborough the year the first vines were planted, Jules has literally grown up with the Marlborough wine industry. Deeply invested in the region and its grape-growing families, she has made some of Marlborough’s most successful wines.
Today Jules handcrafts a small yet feisty collection of wines in her own name, including the Jules Taylor Pinot Noir from the Southern Valley clay soils of Marlborough and the On The Quiet Single Vineyard Pinot Noir from organically grown grapes in the Wrekin Vineyard in the Brancott Valley.
These wines are great memories in a bottle, created with sunshine from Marlborough and love from Jules.
Julicher Estate, on Martinborough’s Premium growing area of Te Muna Road, is the little Estate that does. The Estate is family-owned, producing hand crafted, single vineyard wines from vine to the bottle. Our philosophy is to produce Pinot Noir with as little intervention as possible, making them vegetarian! Our wines are very well awarded with great ability to age, a testament to the quality Te Muna is renowned for.
Junction Wines: single vineyard range, from the wind swept, stony gravels of the Takapau Plains. Hand harvested fruit exposed to Central Hawkes Bay’s long hot dry season and cool nights make these intense aromatic wines distinctive and unique. The vineyard is located 250 metres above sea level; believed to be the highest vineyard in Hawkes Bay with grapes grown on Takapau silt loam soils; a free draining red metal soil. Pinot Noir is our passion and the award winning Body and Soul Pinot Noir strives to emulate this.
When Takahiro Koyama, owner winemaker of Koyama Wines came to New Zealand in 2003, it was to study Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University. He was offered to work with CP Lin at Mountford Estate as a cellar hand while he was a student at Lincoln.
After started working at Mountford, he went overseas several times to experience different winemaking. First it was Weingut (winery) Keller in Rheinhessen, Germany in 2006 (Riesling) and then it was Au Bon Climat in Central Coast California in 2007 and 2008 (Pinot Noir/Chardonnay plus other varieties) .
When he graduated from Lincoln in 2006 he became assistant winemaker at Mountford. In 2009, as he continued working at Mountford, he started to make his own wine and established Koyama Wines Limited. Grapes for Koyama Wines came from three local growers’ vineyards namely Williams’ (Pinot Noir), Pearson’s (Pinot Noir) and Tussock Terrace (Riesling).
In 2017 with investment from Japan, Koyama Wines Limited purchased Mountford Estate and now all Koyama wines are produced at Mountford Estate.
Family owned and operated Lake Chalice’s Pinot thrives at our Eyrie vineyard in Marlborough. The native Karearea, or falcon is proudly displayed on every bottle of Lake Chalice wine. We work with the Marlborough Falcon Trust to provide kaitiakitanga (guardianship & guidance) releasing the falcon back into wilderness on our vineyards. We take great pride in ensuring we take care and give back to our land as each parcel of wine is seen as a taonga, or gift, that we want to preserve for future generations.
Lawson's Dry Hills
Lawson’s Dry Hills has been on the Pinot Noir journey for 20 years, focusing on Marlborough’s southern valleys, particularly the beautiful Waihopai. We are starting to reap the rewards of site selection, vine age, careful custodianship and thoughtful winemaking to produce a range of expressive, high-quality Pinots that reflect their terroir. As pioneers within the New Zealand wine industry, we continue our journey with aspirations to take our place amongst the great kiwi Pinot producers.
Loveblock was forged from a love affair with a view for veteran vintners Erica and Kim.
Perched on top of the hills overlooking Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, our Loveblock Farm is far removed from the agricultural bustle in the valley below.
We are charged with creating the best wine we can to express this extraordinary place, following our deeply held belief in integrated, organic farming to allow the wine to express its true and naked terroir.
Also, nestled amongst the snow-capped mountains of Central Otago is our small family-owned Pinot Noir vineyard called Someone’s Darling. We are the custodians of this piece of land and our responsibility is to respect its rhythm, making wine with low intervention and with the love of the land.
Grown and made with love and care.
Family Owned. Estate Grown. Sustainably Farmed.
Luna is a small family owned farm proudly producing stellar pinot noir on two organically run vineyards located in NZs original (and still the best!) pinot noir terroir, Martinborough. Our noble goal is to farm beautifully and create a living, breathing, sustainable and modern wine business with people and place at its heart. Care for our land is paramount in all that we do and we hope to inspire other producers to pursue a change to organic farming.
Mahi is a relatively small Marlborough winery with a focus on single vineyard wines to show the diversity of the region. Aiming at subtle, textural and complex wines by messing around with the grapes as little as possible, we work with great growers, utilise lots of hand-picking, sorting and wild ferments to help achieve this. An excellent team of wine-loving staff and vintage crew continue to inspire.
Owned and operated by the Marris family, Marsico Vineyards is a 3rd generation wine company with their heart and soul firmly planted in the Waihopai Valley of Marlborough.
We believe in building a wine business for the generations to come – and with this comes a respect for the land that nurtures our vines and a sense of place that is reflected in the wine we produce.
Handcrafted excellence in wine since 1980.
Martinborough Vineyard is an iconic, pioneering producer of Martinborough with a commitment to the perfection of Pinot Noir. The first winery to plant Pinot Noir grapes in the famed region, today it is home to the oldest vines in the district. Artisan winemaking techniques, along with dedication to land preservation, and sharing a legacy of wine knowledge with future generations, has earned Martinborough Vineyard a continuous reputation for excellence.
Family owned Maude Wines is set in the surrounds of the spectacular alpine town of Wanaka, set on a glacial lake and nestled into the base of the Southern Alps. The 4 Hectare Mt Maude vineyard was planted in 1994 on the north facing slopes of the Maungawera Valley. Maude has since grown to include vineyards in Lowburn – Mohawk Hill and Queensberry – Poison Creek.
The Maude winery in urban Wanaka is central to creating our individual craft wines produced by highly acclaimed winemakers Dan and Sarah-Kate Dineen
Millton Vineyards and Winery
The Millton Vineyard is a small family run wine estate practicing regenerative viticulture in the far east of the North Island of New Zealand. Our land is the first in the world to see the light of a new day and is the place where the first Maori and European landed many years ago. We’re not standing on dirt but the rooftop of another kingdom. Our vineyards are dry farmed and certified organic and biodynamic. For over 35 years we have grown Pinot Noir in a small vineyard on slopes overlooking the valley below. Our Pinot Noir is harvested and raised in our own cellars and bottled on the property. These wines are fermented with natural yeasts and bacteria and are unfined and unfiltered.
Passion for our vineyard, an inherent love of the environment and a desire to produce exquisite wine year after year… these are the driving forces behind Domenic & Ally Mondillo. With over 28 years working in the Central Otago wine industry, Mondillo was established at Bendigo in 2001. From glacier beginnings our land is rich with minerals; nurtured by a continental climate and with a terraced typography; Mondillo Pinot Noir shows distinctive characteristics of where our vines are grown. As caretakers of the land for future generations, Mondillo support community events that focus on children and the arts.
Mount Brown Estates
In 2002 Tony and his daughter Catherine stumbled on an abandoned Pinot Noir vineyard in the foothills of Mount Brown. Waste high in weeds it presented an irresistible challenge and has since gone on to produce Trophy and Gold medal winning wines.
Mount Edward Winery
The majestic mountains and lakes of the Southern Alps are home to Mount Edward. Our winery, situated in Gibbston, just east of Queenstown, has its vineyards amongst the foothills of the Pisa Range and on the banks of the Kawerau river in Bannockburn. Mount Edward, part of the Central Otago wine community since 1998, is BioGro certified organic with this philosophy at its heart. Owned and managed by the Buchanan and Forsyth families since 2004, our winemakers Anna Riederer and Duncan Forsyth craft wines that are textural, restrained, and speak of our place here in Central Otago.
Mt Beautiful Winery
Owner, Scholar Entrepreneur, and New Zealand native David Teece believes his homeland features “the best products in the world, and the world should experience them.” Mt. Beautiful wines from North Canterbury reflect his passion for New Zealand. By producing elegant, certified-sustainable, estate-grown wines, David has found a way to truly represent the stunning richness of the land along with the
uncompromising quality and distinction that defines Mt. Beautiful.
The essence of Central Otago; a reflection of place.
Mt Difficulty is Central Otago’s leading artisan winegrower with a pioneering heritage based in Bannockburn.
It’s committed to delivering world-class Pinot Noir that captures the essence of Central Otago.Ethical viticulture and minimal intervention produce wines that express their personality and reflect their home.
Our founders set sail to travel the world; only to fall in love with New Zealand.
After planting vines, they used the local earth to build their home.
That home became our brand.
Two decades on, we continue to celebrate the spirit of striking out and breaking boundaries.
We take pride in making consistently beautiful, award winning wines for people who embrace fresh ideas.
Nanny Goat Vineyard
We had always been content roaming throughout the Central Otago region, much like our namesake. Pairing closely with dedicated growers whose knowledge of their own patch of dirt was deeply intimate and inspiring – all the time learning. We now call two sun drenched terraces of ancient glacial moraine in Queensberry, 20km East of Wanaka home. Through organic farming we are learning to view our land and practices through a different lens, building resilience, striving for longevity.
Family owned Nautilus Estate, established in 1985, has been at the vanguard of Pinot Noir winemaking in Marlborough for over twenty years, since crafting its first Pinot Noir in 1997. Today with mature Pinot Noir plantings, Nautilus is entirely focused on site selection and turangawaewae, “The place where I stand”. Years of experience working with specific parcels of fruit from different vineyards, has led to a deep understanding of the distinctive characteristics and potential of each site.
Tim and Judy Finn planted Neudorf in 1978. Nestled in the Moutere Hills, they found ancient gravelly clays where they could focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Today their daughter Rosie, Winemaker Todd Stevens and Viticulturist Stef Brockley are at the helm with an aim to produce minimal intervention, organic wines of integrity that speak of their unique sites and climate in the Moutere Clays.
Ostler Vineyards Limited
“I’ll live anywhere in New Zealand as long as it’s south of the Waitaki River”
Cool climate and limestone – In the late 90’s, brothers-in-lawJ eff Sinnott & Jim Jerram found a beautiful north facing slope in North Otago’s Waitaki Valley – one of only a few such sites suitable for pinot noir in New Zealand. Since 2004 this whanau-owned & operated, pioneering venture has produced a unique regional style. Long hang-times of small yields ensure distinctive aromatics, fine tannins and great length of finish.
We bring employment to a relatively remote region & we introduced a community charity fund-raising model for grape harvest in this region.
Palliser Estate Wines
Palliser Estate is one of the pioneers of the Martinborough region, a place that is now synonymous with growing and making great wine – especially Pinot Noir. Palliser helped put the region on the map globally which is something we’re truly proud of, as is our sustainability record and connection to our land and community. All our wines are 100% estate grown. We have six vineyards situated on the revered Martinborough Terrace, 25% of which are under organic management with the aim to take this to 100% by 2025. Palliser which is locally owned has had a strong sense of connection to our local community since the beginning, including establishing the Martinborough School Computer Trust and more recently our community based vegetable garden. Palliser has excitingly begun a new era with the aim to make iconic wines that link us to our Martinborough home in every sense.
Pegasus Bay Winery
North Canterbury is framed by the rugged Pacific Ocean to the east and the majestic Southern Alps to the west. The Waipara Valley is found here protected from the ocean winds by a range of hills providing a unique microclimate. The Pegasus Bay vineyard, now 35 years old and largely un-grafted sits on the north facing terraces of an ancient river bed. The Donaldson family, who own and run the estate, were pioneers of the region planting some of the first Pinot Noir vines in Canterbury.
Set majestically in the rugged mountainous beauty of Central Otago this family owned producer is committed to enhancing the environment with both their organically certified estates and winery and their “hands on” involvement in conservation of New Zealand’s native birds, the Karearea falcon and the Saddleback.
The McLachlan family have a passion for great wine-making, merging that vision with sustainable practices to craft wines that capture the essence of their environment, while improving the land that creates them. Great wine begins in the vineyard – we help it on its journey.
The name ‘Prophet’s Rock’ is taken from a local landmark at the claim of pioneering goldminer Bob Prophet. It is a name that reflects our new world setting; perched on the edge in the southernmost wine growing region on earth.
Our Two vineyards were established in 1999: Bendigo and, subsequently, Rocky Point. Both are steep and elevated: Bendigo with its rare mix of soils and Rocky Point with its stony ground and almost treacherous slopes.
It takes resilience and determination to survive and thrive in the beautiful but harsh environment of Central Otago. From the first people to set foot here, to the surveyors and gold miners, farmers, orchardist and wine growers — these hardworking people have done just that. Generation after generation, they have shaped the land and made the very best of this place we all call home. At Providore, we make wine that honours these remarkable people, by ensuring every bottle from our range is 100% grown, perfected and produced in Central Otago.
After 15 years of extensively travelling the world, Mike and Claudia Weersing finally found their Pyramid Valley site in North Canterbury New Zealand. The home vineyard was established biodynamcially in 1999 and has been planted in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on scarp slopes, at a density of 10,000-12,000 vines per hectare. “Every gesture made in the vineyard and winery, is a summons to this spirit of place. Biodynamics, hand-based viticulture, low yields, natural winemaking – these are some of the means we’ve adopted better to record and transmit this voice”.
Specialising in premium Central Otago Single Estate Methode Traditionnelle, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir; Quartz Reef showcases the proven winemaking talents of Austrian-born Rudi Bauer. Grown on a unique Pioneer site in the beautiful sub-region of Bendigo; certified Demeter Biodynamic in 2011; with higher plant density and less yield per vine, allowing more intense flavour development and rewarded with a more mature, rich yet elegant expression of a unique parcel of land.
Each bottle of Rapaura Springs tells the story of a lifetime. Of water and wine, and of generations of family working with nature. New Zealand family owned, our label depicts the rocky aquifer at our home vineyard in the heart of Marlborough, and the pristine springs that connects it to our land. We make exceptional wines that reflect our remarkable landscapes, pure waterways and passionate people. We are dedicated to our Pinot Noir programme and have substantial development plans for our 365ha property at Blind River in the Southern Coast Subregion. Sustainability is an important focus for us, and we are proud to be leading the way in waste water excellence and grape marc handling. Rapaura Springs is the naming sponsor for Garden Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier garden event celebrating Marlborough’s stunning landscape, it showcases the very best the region has to offer. Garden Marlborough Inc. Is a not-for-profit registered charity and all profits raised are channelled back into local community projects to promote the pleasures and benefits of gardening and to enhance Marlborough’s environment. Our environment.
Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild wanted to capture the magic of New Zealand’s enchanting lands in order to create, in 2012, a 24-hectare haute-couture vineyard that sublimates its terroirs and grape varieties in the Marlborough region. The Rimapere vineyard is located in the Wairau Valley, where the splendid turquoise Wairau River flows. Four hectares are reserved for Pinot Noir, a delicate, subtle and aromatic wine.
Rippon: a unique and distinct land on the shores of lake Wanaka which, for over 100 years, has been cared for by successive generations of the Mills family. Through biodynamic and considered farming, the aim of all those who live and work at Rippon today is to help this remarkable piece of land express itself to its absolute potential.
“One of the most consistent and successful wine producers in Central Otago” – Raymond Chan. A noted “rock-star” producer, Rockburn takes its name from the rugged, rockstrewn and burn- scarred landscape of Central Otago. The climate and conditions here are extreme; but so is the local passion for wine, and in this place Pinot Noir rules with an iron fist (although it wears a velvet glove). The fruit from Rockburn’s carefully sited vineyards blend in harmony to yield
a pure expression of Central Otago.
Saint Clair Family Estate
Founded by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, who first began planting vines in Marlborough in 1978, the Saint Clair Family Estate is still proudly 100% family owned.
Our cherished Pinot Noir is grown in select areas in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys. Harnessed by our red winemakers Kyle Thompson and Chloe Gabrielson.
Saint Clair’s team proudly adopt a sustainable approach to winemaking; extending into our everyday lives. Our Green Team actively encourage all members of the Saint Clair whānau to live a minimal waste and eco friendly lifestyle.
Schubert Wines was established in 1998 by Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling, both Geisenheim Oenology graduates. Having worked with winemakers like Erni Loosen of Dr. Loosen Estate, Bernkastel as well as in various vineyards across the world, his dream had always been to establish his own Pinot Noir-vineyard. Schubert searched in regions like Oregon, California, Australia and parts of Europe, but New Zealand’s Wairarapa was the most interesting area to him.
From the gorgeous Waimea Plains on the Northern shores of New Zealand’s South Island comes Seifried Estate Family Winemakers, home of New Zealand’s 2019 Champion Sauvignon Blanc.
From humble beginnings in 1973, when Austrian born Hermann Seifried and his New Zealand wife Agnes planted their first vineyard in the Nelson region, to today where the Seifried vineyards stretch across ten vineyard sights scattered throughout the Nelson region.
The passion for great wine has been passed to the next generation too with all three of the Seifried children now home and working in the company. Each brings experience and knowledge gained in other businesses and roles around the world. And most recently, even the youngest family members (the third generation), are also a common sight around the winery getting their hands dirty and seeing what plenty of hard work can bring.
Fabulous wines, made with love.
Seresin Estate, located in Marlborough, NZ, was founded by Michael Seresin in 1992. Certified BioGro organic and biodynamically farmed, Seresin’s single estate wines hail from the clay and alluvial soils of the Raupo Creek Vineyard.
Wild yeast fermentation along with minimal intervention in the winery capturing the vineyard’s energy and vibrancy, making every bottle of Seresin a genuine reflection of its provenance.
Seresin, Wine of Passion, Grace & Spirit.
In ancient Greece the Sileni were companions of Dionysus, the god of wine, vineyards and theatre. When there was something to be celebrated, the Sileni were always on hand to encourage enjoyment of delicious food, great wine and social interaction. Named in their honour, Sileni produces a range of Pinot Noirs made to be great collaborators, with a talent for enhancing flavours and textures, and most importantly bringing people together; friends, family, community.
Spy Valley Wines
A family owned, award winning and sustainable winery hidden in the heart of Marlborough, one of the world’s purest wine regions. Several varieties are grown on 180 hectares of pristine low yield vineyards.
They share the valley with a satellite communication station that finds the terroir perfect for spying. But unlike the world of espionage, Spy Valley Wines has demanded global attention, where the wine has been called impossible to ignore.
Stoneleigh Vineyard is home to a small wonder of nature. Planted on what was once riverbed, Stoneleigh takes its name and its distinctive character from the stones that cover our vineyard; a wine style that is fresh, crisp and vibrant with a brightness of fruit expression.
Started by nature and finished by the talents of our winemaker, our philosophy of minimal intervention in the winery ensures nature’s influence shines through in each and every bottle.
Genuinely caring about our local environment, we have regenerated the Kaituna wetlands in Marlborough, clearing away introduced species and replacing them with native wetland flora to create a thriving habitat. We are already seeing the rich diversity that a functioning wetland ecosystem provides.
Tarras Vineyards is near the township of Tarras. The home vineyard, called The Canyon, is high up on the former goldfields of Bendigo.
Established by Hayden Johnston in 2002, this organically managed vineyard consistently delivers outstanding expressions of great pinot noir with floral aromas, intense fruit, savory notes, good acidity and impressive tannins. They are distinctive, icon wines that age.
In exceptional vintages, limited, single vineyard wines are sold as Tarras The Canyon Pinot Noir.
“Te Kairanga” – Where the soil is rich & the food is plentiful.
Established in 1984, our land was originally owned by the founding father of Martinborough, John Martin. Today we open the doors of his 130-year old cottage for visitors from around the world to experience the historic centre of Martinborough, and discover the bounty of this beautiful landscape.
Pinot Noir is the beating heart of Te Kairanga. Small parcels of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling showcase the abundance of our region.
Te Kano Estate
Family owned, and with a focus on Life, Land and Legacy – Te Kano is sowing the seed of a new future across our 3 Central Otago vineyards. Through organic conversion, restoring and replanting the native flora, and expressing the unique character of each vineyard, we are dedicated to bringing new life to the Central Otago landscape and producing elegant Pinot Noirs of exceptional quality.
Te Mata Estate Winery
Te Mata Estate was established in Havelock North in 1896, we remain family owned and operated specialising in high-quality wines of classical style including famous labels such as Coleraine, Awatea Cabernets/Merlots, Bullnose Syrah, Elston Chardonnay, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc, Zara Viognier and, launched in 2018, Alma Pinot Noir. Every step in the production of our wines is undertaken by us, from grape growing and pruning through to winemaking and bottling.
Te Whare Ra Wines
Te Whare Ra (est 1979) is the oldest small winery in Marlborough and home to the oldest vines in the region. Owned & operated by winemakers Anna & Jason Flowerday and fully certified organic. She is an Aussie from McLaren Vale and he is a kiwi from Marlborough. They are both Pinot Noir obsessives who make their main blend from selected Southern Valleys sites and their home block – plus some outstanding single vineyard releases.
Sacred Earth. Special Place.
Bannockburn. Kawarau River. Irresistible Race.
Mysterious Diggings. 2000 Trees. Regenerative. Organic. No-Till Farming. Wild Flowers. Bees.
Blocks. Slapjack. Jackson’s. Lola’s. Miro’s. Shingle Beach.
Unique Labels. Expressive. Character. Unfined. Unfiltered. Native Yeasts.
Alchemist. Seer. Witch. Sand. Clay. Quartz. Limestone. Schist.
First Vines Planted. 91. Cornish Point, Cairnmuir. Fel-ton.
Two Goats. 600 Hens. Baby-Dolls. Chicken Caravans.
The Italian. Dolcetto. Lagrein. Pinot Noir. Pinot Gris.
Power. Harmony. Beauty. Nature. Energy.
Wine. Eggs. Botanical. Olive Oil.
Hill of Health. Goat Gully. Mound of Microbes. Biodiversity. SOIL.
Holy Terras. Community. Own-Roots. Individuality.
Our people. Our place. Our Legacy.
We’re biased but we feel we’ve been blessed with a slice of paradise. Our family vineyard is located on the terrace edge of the Waipara River, in North Canterbury, with a stunning view that one can never tire of. As guardians of the land, we believe it’s our job to care for, and tend the land as best we can. For us this means growing organically, working alongside the biological systems, rather than against them.
In 2018 our vineyard was named NZ’s Organic Vineyard of the Year.
Alongside the Terrace Edge label, we have created a social enterprise called ’27seconds’, a wine brand where 100% of the profits go towards helping survivors of slavery.
TerraVin Wines began in the late 1990’s with a clear focus on growing and making premium Pinot Noir from Hillside vineyards. In mid 2015 TerraVin combined with another well-known and long established Marlborough producer – Highfield Estate. We are extremely proud that our fruit is sourced from our own vineyards, and that our wine is made and bottled in our own winery. What we grow, where and how we grow it, inspires all else that we do.
The Boneline is a figurative way of describing the Waipara river. Over millions of years the river has receded revealing fossils, rocky terraces and in turn informing the location of our plantings. The land is restless with low rainfall, katabatic valley winds and amphitheatre heat traps. We craft wines with resonance from vines planted by our family partnership founded in 1989. Younger people are drawn here contributing knowledge and commitment as The Boneline evolves.
The Crater Rim
The Crater Rim Ltd is a family-owned boutique winemaking company situated in the rolling hills of Waipara, in the South Island of New Zealand. They grow, make and market limited quantities of terroir-specific wines produced from their own two vineyards in Waipara, and Omihi and contracted sites in Central Otago and Banks Peninsula. These have been carefully selected for their particular mix of varietal, topography, soil and microclimate – creating high quality, site-specific wines of individual character and drinkability, styled on the negociant houses of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley in France. There, the careful selection of small parcels of estate and non-estate fruit for winemaking is a long held tradition. They manage their own vineyards and work closely with each grower to ensure that vines are cropped low and managed sustainably, guaranteeing the best quality fruit possible from each vineyard site.
The Delta Wine Company
Founded in 2000 as a Pinot Noir Passion Project, Delta was established by three great wine gurus, who carefully selected a site in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys and planted a meticulously chosen range of Dijon clones on the old Delta Farm slopes.
Believing this land had the elements required to produce honest, expressive and distinct Pinot Noir, Delta continues to strive to offer great New Zealand Pinot Noir with a true sense of provenance, in honour of the land.
Now under the guiding hand of the Ibbotson family, our whānau actively pursue sustainable living in all areas of our lifestyles.
The Elder Pinot
The Elder Pinot is a small Martinborough wine producer, formed in 2010, between the Hanson and Elder families. Our philosophy is to produce limited quantities of single vineyard wines from the best vintages, with an emphasis on the elegant, savoury characteristics and structure of great pinots. Located at the Southern end of the Te Muna Valley, the vineyard is operated on organic principles, and following sustainable practices for the long-term care of our land.
We are the world’s first Māori owned wine company. Since 1998, we have focused on producing estate grown, single vineyard wines from New Zealand’s premier grape growing regions.
Our wine making philosophy is to produce wines with minimal intervention that best reflect our land. Our respect for the land, embodied by our Sustainable Certified Vineyards, has rewarded us with an exceptional range of New Zealand Wines. Each one a gift from the land for you to enjoy.
Tussock Hill Vineyard
We are a boutique family owned organic vineyard, with our home block on the Port Hills of Christchurch and another in Waipara. We have an intergenerational vision for our vineyards, which means it is imperative we take care of our land. We are integrating regenerative agriculture, holistic livestock grazing and increasing our biodiversity through other cropping systems and native plantings. We aim to create a closed system to provide our family, cellar door and community with high quality organic wine and produce.
Two Paddocks was founded in 1993 by itinerant actor and winegrower Sam Neill, ‘The Prop’, and now consists of four small certified organic vineyards spread throughout camps of excellence in Central Otago. His viticulturist, Mike Wing, has been with him since 2004 and winemaker, Dean Shaw, since 1999. The focus is primarily on Pinot Noir plus a small quantity of Riesling. Two Paddocks single vineyard wines are The First Paddock Gibbston, The Fusilier Bannockburn and The Last Chance Alexandra, whilst The Two Paddocks Estate Pinot Noir is an assemblage soured from older vines.
Photo credit: Christopher David Thompson
Family owned and operated, David Clouston heads our team with his bold approach to winemaking and his desire to push boundaries. David grew up alongside Marlborough’s Awatere River and holds a deep connection to the land. He now lives close to the Wairau River, where he has made his home and his mark on the wine industry. Our pinot noir comes exclusively from the elevated, north west facing, cold clay soils of our high density planted Brookby Hill Vineyard in the Southern Valleys. We are embarking on organic conversion and have increased biodiversity with native plantings. We want our small town to boom and give back by supporting local schools and community groups including Ronald McDonald House, Life Flight and Plunket.
Urlar is a Gaelic word that means “The Earth”. Located in the Gladstone sub-region of the Wairarapa, Urlar is the largest single organic vineyard in the region producing award winning Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling wines. BioGro certified in 2010 Urlar Gladstone continues to bring an abundance of life back to the soil for you to discover the purity of flavour inherent in the land.
Pioneer winemaker Grant Taylor founded VALLI in 1998 with a desire to celebrate the uniqueness of each Otago subregion through the voice of his wines. While our VALLI ‘family’ has grown over the years, we share the collective goal of crafting wines with integrity, complexity, and most important of all, a sense of place. Our desire is to capture moments in time – derived from nature, guided by human intuition and personified in the glass.
Villa Maria Estate
In 1961, George Fistonich leased an acre of vines from his father in Auckland and it was here that Villa Maria was born. Our uncompromising commitment to quality, focus on our people, and sustainable practices are a few of the reasons why we’re New Zealand’s Most Awarded Winery. Pinot Noir has played a huge part in our success, allowing our winemakers to experiment and produce diverse Pinot Noir thanks to the unique terroir in Marlborough.
Whitehaven Wine Company
Established in 1994 Whitehaven Wine Company is a family owned and operated company. The company’s winemaking philosophy is centered on the pursuit of quality without compromise. With vineyards in all three of Marlborough’s sub-regions Whitehaven uses Marlborough’s exceptional terroir to produce premium wines from 100% Marlborough fruit.
Sustainability is a part of our ethos as a company and three pillars of sustainability guide our approach to sustainability in the areas of people, planet and performance.
Taking our name from the landmark Wither Hills range that borders our vineyards, our philosophy is founded on the belief that the finest wines are created from exceptional vineyards, representing their sense of place.
Having celebrated 25 years in 2019, we have a strong sense of where we have come from, with an ongoing passion for sustainable craft shaping what we do and who we are going forward.
Wooing Tree Vineyard
In the very heart of Central Otago nestled next to the town of Cromwell, family owned and run vineyard, Wooing Tree, specialise in making ‘Pinot with Passion’.
Owners, Steve and Thea Farquharson were wooed to Central Otago’s superlative landscape and lifestyle. Collaborating with whanau and working closely with local community is key to their ethos. Wooing Tree supports the critically endangered Cromwell Chafer Beetle, found only in Cromwell on an 81-hectare reserve on the outskirts of the town.
Our coastal vineyard in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough inspires our wine. So close to the ocean that our vines are often misted with sea spray. The beauty of our vineyard and environment influences how we craft our wine, respectful of nature and our land. Yealands are proud leaders in sustainable winemaking bringing consumers beautifully crafted and award-winning wines.
All our wines are 100% vegan friendly.
The name Zephyr characterises the prevailing wind that complements Marlborough’s unique ripening season. Zephyr wines embrace the dynamic spirit of the Glover family and the lively aromatics of the organically farmed estate vineyards in the Dillon’s Point sub-region. The Glover family vineyards, planted in 1985 alongside the meandering Opaoa River, have inspired the family’s passion for wine. Pinot Noir is a personal project for Ben Glover – Owner/Winemaker; thus conveying a unique sense of place and space stimulating family expression.
With just 43ha of Pinot Noir planted, Gisborne is a small player in the New Zealand Pinot pageant. The region is the country’s easternmost and is relatively remote. It has played a pivotal role in the industry’s rise. During the 1980s it carved out a reputation for its Chardonnay, and this remains by far the region’s most widely planted Variety.Read More
Hawke’s Bay is the largest wine region in the North Island and the country’s second largest. It is also rich in wine history. Vines were first planted in the Bay in 1851 by French Marist Brothers. The winery they founded (today called Mission Estate) is New Zealand’s oldest and is still under the ownership of the Society of Mary.Read More
Martinborough / Wairarapa
The Wairarapa occupies the southeast corner of the North Island, sharing roughly the same latitude as Marlborough. Pinot Noir found a home here early. In the 1890s, retired gentleman farmer William Beetham and his French wife Hermance planted pinot in their Landsdowne vineyard near Masterton. Beetham was effusive in his praise for the grape in a 1901 press interview: “(Mr Beetham) has tried other varieties, but the Pineau Noir, his first favourite, still surpasses all others”Read More
Small (though marginally larger than the Wairarapa) and tucked away in its sheltered pocket at the top of the South Island, Nelson is host to a tight core of dedicated pinot producers. The grape was first planted in the region in 1975 by the Austrian-born father of the Nelson wine industry, Hermann Seifried. In a region that has a strong reputation for the quality of its aromatic whites and chardonnay, Pinot Noir is the most planted red grape with 198ha in the ground.Read More
In ‘Sauvignon Central’, Pinot Noir was for many years a secondary consideration. The first plantings of the variety in Marlborough took place as far back as 1973, though for the next 20-plus years most of the pinot fruit grown in the region was used to make sparkling wine. Serious growth began after 2000. Over the first decade of the new millennium, pinot plantings expanded four-fold to cover 2000ha while the sparkling wine share as a percentage receded. Today the total area of Pinot Noir in Marlborough covers 2,669ha, the most of any region.Read More
It was in North Canterbury during the 1970s that the South Island’s Pinot Noir potential started to be seriously explored through trials at Lincoln University. Subsequently, Danny Schuster’s gold medal-winning St Helena Pinot Noir 1982 is still seen as a seminal expression of the variety.Read More
Central Otago / Waitaki
The Waitaki Valley is a river corridor that runs from the South Island’s alpine heart down to the east cost, just north of Oamaru. Although the first vines were planted back in the mid-1980s, near Omarama, the first Waitaki Pinot Noir was a product of the 2003 vintage.Read More