About UsOur label heavily reflects the origins of where it is made - our home.
Our single vineyard is situated some 30 minutes drive south of the centre of Christchurch nestled on the foothills of the Port Hills and the gate way to Banks Peninsula.
A perfect site elevated 10-40 metres above sea level and with a north-west aspect the vines were established in 2002 with the popular rootstocks:
Couderec 339 TK0691
Millardet et de grasset 101-14 (TK06512)
Riparia Gloirie de Montpeillier (TK06518) for pinot Gris
And Pinot Noir cloned Riparia Gloire, clones 115, 777 and 113
In total the vineyard is around 1.5 Hectares comprising 2600 Pinot Noir vines and 2400 Pinot Gris vines.
We are members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.
To New Zealand’s winemakers and grape growers, sustainability means delivering excellent wine to consumers while helping the natural environment, local businesses and communities involved to thrive.
For New Zealand’s wine industry it represents a commitment to protect the places that make our famous wines.
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand is widely recognised as a world-leading sustainability programme and was one of the first to be established in the international wine industry.
We felt our wine label need not be too serious, but wanted to reflect heavily the origins of where it is made – our home!
Hares run across and sit under the vines. They are unmoved by our presence as if to say we are in fact the intruders into the vineyard. They don’t bother us so mutually we have an understanding.
Cross Hares…for the hares that run across the vineyard and for the attitude they have in doing so!
It took the September 2010 earthquake and quite a few more, (including an uneconomic to repair home) to initiate a series of events which lead to us purchasing this site first and foremost as a spectacular building platform! (Warrick is a qualified builder, Natalie a registered property valuer).
We purchased the block in 2014 and with time and knowledge it became obvious that the vineyard had been neglected and we knew very little of growing grapes! However we don’t shy away from hard work- with year one including 100 leak repairs in the irrigation, lifting the irrigation lines, mending broken poles and tightening wires.
We enlisted the assistance of Lincoln University lecturer and local vineyard owner Glen Creasy for some technical advice in year one and re-established a previous relationship with The Crater Rim Winery who purchased our grapes. Vintage 2016 was a particularly spectacular year with 6.9 tonne of Pinot Noir and 7.1 tonnes of Pinot Gris picked for The Crater Rim. With a later pick of the Pinot Gris that year we produced our own first wine (@ 3.5 Tonne) producing 2,800 bottles.
It became readily evident that the choice of team we surrounded ourselves with brought an abundance of enthusiasm matched with a wealth of technical advice which has proved invaluable.
Vintage 2017 was shaping up to also match 2016 but significant rain in late February devastated our crop to 4.0 Tonne in total! That’s Farming. As such we selected to produce a 2017 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Warrick is the primary viticulturist excluding the pruning and hand pick. Geographically we fall outside the main wine regions so quality labour comes with travel costs but if you employ cheap you pay for it later.
Friends say one way to make a small fortune is to start out with a large one and buy a vineyard! The jury is out on that one.
Our label proudly celebrates Canterbury maybe that’s as a direct result of us stoically choosing to stay post quakes and create another home for ourselves and our two girls (11 and 13 yrs.).
Outside of the vineyard we enjoy a large portion of down time in Banks Peninsula close to the sea.
The sun sets behind the Southern Alps, and the sky drains of color. The now empty trellises of Pinot Noir flow down the hill in even rows toward the road and the vineyard is quiet.
The hustle and bustle of the days pick is over, the crew is gone and the grapes safely tucked away.
Weariness replaces the anticipation and perspiration of the seasons toil. Time to call it a day. The Pinot Gris crop still standing is minding its own business, its glory awaits.
We should all do what, in the long run gives us joy, even it if is only picking grapes.
Natalie & Warrick Edwards.
Our Liquor Licence
7 / 1269 Christchurch Akaroa Road