The vineyards are tucked into a corner of the Pisa District, Central Otago, close to the Wanaka/Cromwell Highway SH6. They lie on river and glacial terraces, sheltered to some extent from the worst of the cold south winds by ‘Sugarloaf’, a local landmark feature which marks the physical end of a previous glacial advance.

The dominant Pisa Range to the west reaches 1964metres. These mountains create a rain shadow effect, meaning that the annual rainfall received on the vineyards of around 400mm per annum is approximately one third less than is received the other side of the range in the Queenstown and Wanaka basins
eating grapes grape buds ripe on the vine fruits of labour pitching in


Many ingredients contribute to the character of the grapes we harvested from the land. The particular climatic conditions experienced, the soils, the selection of clones and rootsocks, the way we farmed. They are all factors that can explain the individuality of the wines and why no two vintages are exactly alike.

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Pruning Compost biodynamic cow horns 500 preparation Compost


Organic and biodynamic practices were, to us, an essential part of how we farmed. Just as we enjoy the surety of knowing that the fruit and vegetables we grow at home are free from any synthetic chemical sprays, and are full of flavour from soil enriched with compost – so we worked to ensure this on the vineyard too. It was an on-going process and we saw the vineyard slowly respond.