When Pieter was on the hunt for the perfect piece of land to grow grapes and lay down some roots, he stumbled upon our picturesque little corner of the world - a stretch of rolling hills at the edge of Heretaunga plains, on the outskirts of Pakipaki.
Our hillsides are layered with loamy topsoil atop ribbons of clay, over white limestone baserock. The plains below have much richer, ashy silt-loam soils.
The north-facing slopes expose our vines to abundant sunlight, while relatively dense plantings help keep per vine yields naturally on the lower side. The surrounding hills act as a sheild, providing us some protection from the seasonal storms that can sweep through the Bay - our own 'micro-climate'.
The views stretch across the Heretaunga plains, from Napier all the way to Te Mata Peak. It's a pretty cool spot.
We planted our first vines in 2005. Our vineyard covers 3.5ha and is made up of 5 main blocks, planted with a mix of clones and rootstocks matched to our site - Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier and the Hillside block, which is a field blend of our white varieties.
In 2023 we planted a small amount of Chenin Blanc and Riesling vines, to see how they grow in our little spot and give Annabelle and Bart some new material to experiment with. We've got some plans in the works for the next few years - stay tuned.