This beautiful country on the opposite side of the world is a relative newcomer in the wine world. Of course, wine has been growing here for a while. But the beginnings of high-quality viticulture were about 30 years ago. In New Zealand, you can find various soils as well drained gravelly, sandy loam, loess over schist rock or fertile volcanic soils which are perfect conditions. The cool temperatures combined with a lot of sunshine are ideal for the cultivation of cool climate grape varieties. When talking about fine wine, today, New Zealand is the synonym for fresh and overwhelmingly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Especially the region of Marlborough is famous for that style of wine. Nowadays, New Zealand winegrowers successfully produce many more styles than the famous Sauvignon Blanc, such as fantastic fruit driven Pinot Noir, full bodied and fresh Chardonnay, rich red Bordeaux varieties and many others.
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.
A state-of-the-art purpose built winery is the focal point of the vineyard and is designed to enable winemakers to craft wines with minimal intervention and as naturally as possible.
Central Otago, New Zealand
Winemaker: Greg Lane
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Felton Road is a small, artisan producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Established in 1991, and investing heavily in meticulous biodynamic viticultural practices (Demeter certified), Felton Road has quickly gained a reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading premium wine producers. The refined and harmonious wines can be found in over 35 countries throughout the world. The four estate vineyards are all located in Central Otago’s Bannockburn sub-region. 32 ha of vines are planted with an additional 30 ha utilised for grazing goats, sheep, cattle and chickens; and growing various crops for compost, mulch and winter animal feed. The winemaking maintains an emphasis on natural winemaking in a gravity flow winery: practices such as wild yeasts and an absence of fining and filtration are hallmarks of Felton Road’s wines. From the first vintage in 1997, Felton Road’s wines have attracted international enthusiasm for their ability to show clarity of place over a winemaker fingerprint. Winemaker Blair Walter and viticulturist Gareth King attribute the high quality and individuality to the distinct Central Otago soils and climate, the north-facing hillside vineyard sites, and meticulous care of the vines with an emphasis on an understanding of each unique location.
Greenhough is located in Hope, near Nelson at the top of New Zealand's South Island. In late 1990, Andrew Greenhough and Jenny Wheeler moved to Nelson and bought a four-hectare property which had been established much earlier (1976) as a small vineyard and winery. In the intervening years the home property has been expanded to 11 hectares, the original plantings largely redeveloped, and the winery modernised. A small block of much valued Riesling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc vines, now over 35 years old, remains. Over time there has been a need for growth. Rather than purchase fruit from grape growers on a contract basis, it has been the policy to establish stable, long-term relationships with selected landowners. In addition, wo separate sites have been established in this way since 2000 adding a further eight hectares of vineyards. Our winemaking is premised on fruit quality, preserved and sensitively influenced. It is an approach which balances technology and intuition. The objective is to make wines with clear varietal character, expressive of our vineyard sites and our approach to winemaking. Developing from our belief in sustainable practices we introduced an organic management programme in late 2008 with the Hope Vineyard gaining full BioGro certification in 2011. The Morison Vineyard has followed in 2014.
Toi Toi Wines, our prominent Marlborough Ltd. Wines brand, is dedicated to supplying you with superb New Zealand wines. Our winemaking philosophy is one of terroir: to create quality distinctive New Zealand wine by sourcing premium varietals from the regions is when they are most renowned, such as Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Central Otago Pinot Noir. Carefully crafted by our wine making team, Toi Toi wines are well balanced, with fresh fruit flavours, round body and crisp character. The inspiration behind our brand is the New Zealand Toi Toi (pronounced Toy Toy), which is a graceful native New Zealand grass. We believe our wines are truly Inspired by Nature. The spiritual home of Toi Toi Wines is Brookdale Vineyard, which is situated in in the beautiful Omaka Valley in Marlborough. Our Toi Toi portfolio boasts an array of varieties, with our Reserve Marlborough Riesling, Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris and Central Otago Clutha Pinot Noir all being awarded Gold internationally. Whatever kind of wine you prefer there is a Toi Toi wine to suit every wine lover and every occasion. This has found favour with wine lovers throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the United States, Canada, and Europe.
The oldest winery in New Zealand, Mission Estate was established in 1851 by French Marist missionaries who sailed to New Zealand with little more than their faith and a few vines – and we have been leading the way ever since. Mission Estate was amongst the first producers of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir in New Zealand. Mission Estate led the way in hiring New Zealand’s first qualified Winemaker and was the first to Barrel ferment Chardonnay in 1983. It is this pioneering spirit that has established Mission Estate as a New Zealand icon. La Grande Maison, the Mission House, is a major tourist destination and the wines are favourites of wine enthusiasts the world over.
The renowned French Winemaker family Le Brun had one goal: They wanted to prove that New Zealand is the perfect place to produce high end quality sparkling wines. Daniel Le Brun has been called the Grandfather of Méthode Traditionelle in New Zealand. Daniel is involved in every stage of creating the wines and is somewhat of a perfectionist, never wavering in his commitment to creating wine the way he learned from his father in Champagne. “Since our first vines were planted, we have created wines that rival the best in the world using methods perfected over 12 generations by our family in Champagne. We are the only winery in New Zealand committed exclusively to producing premium Méthode Traditionelle wine and every bottle we create honours our pursuit of excellence and joie de vivre.”
Experience the unique aromatic expression that is surprising, delighting and captivating wine lovers the world over. This new wine-growing region is woven around the community of Ōhau, in the lower North Island of New Zealand, and situated on the river’s gravel stone remnants. Ōhau Wines is the first wine producer to plant in this fledging region, producing award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The Tararua Ranges provide a stunning backdrop to the 40-hectare vineyard. This vast mountain wilderness has been designated a recreational and nature reserve. The vineyard has access to an artesian water supply direct from the ranges, providing some of the most pure water New Zealand has to offer. Our innovative team includes leading winemaker Jane Cooper. Since our first vintage in 2009, the team has been recognised through a series of domestic and international awards across multiple vintages.
Pegasus Bay was established by the Donaldson family who were pioneers of the Canterbury wine industry. Professor Ivan Donaldson, a consultant neurologist, planted one of the region’s first vineyard in the mid 1970’s. Ivan quickly saw the huge potential for grape growing in the region and in 1985 established what is now Pegasus Bay’s home vineyard in the Waipara Valley of North Canterbury, along with his wife Christine and their four sons. There are now eight family members working in key rolls within the winery. The estate’s primary focus is Pinot Noir and Riesling. The home vineyard was planted on the north facing terraces of the Waipara Valley on free draining river gravels. The site is ultra-low yielding and produces fruit of rare concentration. Structure and texture however are hallmarks of the estate’s highly individual wines. The home vineyard is now 32 years old where the fruit is exclusively sourced.
Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke’s Bay vineyards. Over the last forty years Te Mata Estate has established an internationally-recognised array of red and white wines including Coleraine, Awatea, Bullnose Syrah, Elston Chardonnay, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc and, released in 2009, Zara Viognier. Today, Te Mata Estate is recognized as one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wine producers, making nearly 40,000 cases a year of premium wine and exporting to over 42 countries.
It is appropriate that Trinity Hill was conceptualised over a glass of wine. In the late 1980's Wine maker John Hancock met with Bleeding Heart restaurant owners Robyn and Robert Wilson and a seed was planted. They also recognised the outstanding potential of Hawkes Bay's Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district and in 1993 Trinity Hill became one of the region's early pioneers, planting grape wines on a barren plot on the former bed of the Ngaruroro River. Hawke's Bay is the second largest wine producing region in New Zealand and is home to some of the oldest wineries still in existence. At Trinity Hill, we have superb vineyard sites and the winemaking skills to ensure that we can achieve our aims of crafting some of the world's greatest wines. It is said that great wine is made in the vineyard and our aim at Trinity Hill is to produce distinctive wines of elegance and power that reflect the character of each vineyard site.
Two Rivers takes its name from the iconic rivers that feed Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere Valleys. Owner and Winemaker David Clouston grew up in Marlborough, where his family have farmed for five generations. Energetic and talented, his experience – hard-earned over 25 vintages worldwide – is the driving force behind Two Rivers. David harness’ Marlborough’s intense fruit flavours, while producing elegant wines with purity and a sense of place. Many Two Rivers wines are sourced from grapes grown on the clay soils of Brookby Hill Vineyard in the Southern Valleys sub region of Marlborough. Winemaking techniques include natural fermentation, aging in concrete egg tanks and clay amphoras and bottling wine unfined and unfiltered to retain complexity and texture. David spent three vintages on the French island of Corsica. Here he became passionate about producing rosé and today his Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Rosé, named as a tribute to the island of Corsica, is championing rosés around the world. The Rosé is Mediterranean in style but uses Marlborough’s fruit-driven grapes. David’s heroic approach to making rosé uses many varieties from grapes grown on plots dedicated to serious rosé production. This makes for a distinctive, dry, vibrant, salmon-coloured rosé for which Two Rivers is celebrated. CONTACT & SOCIAL: Email: email@example.com Website: www.tworivers.co.nz Instagram: @tworiversmarlborough Facebook: @TwoRiversOfMarlborough Twitter: @TwoRiversWineNZ
Weaver Estate Wines is a vineyard and winery located in the Alexandra Basin of Central Otago, with the first plantings in 2005. Our family has a long history in the area dating back to the 1860’s when Weavers first arrived in Alexandra following the Gold Rush of the time. The single vineyard is 3.5ha, planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris & Pinot Blanc. We are fully accredited and operating under ‘Sustainable Winegrowing’ practices and all vineyard work is carried out by family & friends. Our Winemakers Jess & Kilian are establishing our full winery on site, producing high quality wines, using new & innovative winemaking techniques and ideas gained through their travels and overseas wine experiences. Jess Weaver, is the sixth generation of the family living in Central Otago and has a passion for winemaking. Jess completed a Bachelor degree of Viticulture & Oenology at Lincoln University. Kilian Kleine-Tebbe, of Germany, is the partner of Jess and a qualified winemaker with numerous overseas vintage experiences, he has a focus on white wine production. The Weaver family is very excited about working in this industry & aiming to produce the highest quality, hand crafted wines that express our unique site, just a stone throw from the Clutha River where our family mining claims once were. Our unique site produces wines with very typical Alexandra fruit characteristics and flavours. The Central Otago region is known as the hottest & driest in the summer months, while being the coldest in the winter months of all New Zealand wine regions. It is also the region of the southern-most vineyards in the world, located at the 45th Parallel. In September 2011 we opened the doors to our tasting room to the public, this is situated in our rustic shed at the vineyard. Weaver Estate Wines 381 Alexandra-Clyde Rd PO Box 502, Alexandra 9340 +64 3 448 6335 www.weaverwines.co.nz firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 1994 Whitehaven Wine Company is the realisation of Sue and Greg White’s vision to create a renowned and award-winning winery in the heart of Marlborough New Zealand. Today the company is headed by Sue White who continues the dream she and her late husband shared. Whitehaven is a family owned company and its wines are available worldwide. The company’s winemaking philosophy is centered on the pursuit of quality without compromise, with a singular vision of consistently creating premium wines from 100% Marlborough fruit and in the classic Marlborough style. With vineyards in all three of Marlborough’s sub-regions our winemakers can take advantage of sub-regional diversity and Marlborough’s exceptional terroir. A small series of wines are handcrafted from outstanding parcels of fruit identified by our winemakers as exhibiting exceptional varietal character. This is the Whitehaven ‘Greg’ single vineyard series hand crafted in honor of Whitehaven’s founder Greg White. Our Cellar Door at the Vines Village in Rapaura gives visitors to Marlborough an opportunity to experience Whitehaven’s wines and philosophies. www.whitehaven.co.nz