Our three Brightwater vineyards were planted between 1997 and 2006 and have been certified organic since 2013.
An organic vineyard capitalizes on natural methods and patterns to enhance vine health and grape quality in the long term.
We use no synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides or pesticides and manage weeds by mowing, grazing sheep, grubbing and mulching. Using approved organic methods, we convert our grape marc into rich compost for our vineyards.
Vines are relatively closely planted with a row width of 2.4 m; vine spacing varies from 0.9m (Mendoza Chardonnay & Gewurztraminer) to up to 2m (Sauvignon Blanc).
A common feature in our vineyards is the number of varieties we grow. Some we planted because we like the wine they make and others because we are interested to see what varieties might do well in our region.
Our 6 hectare River Terrace block is situated alongside the Wairoa River, where soils are alluvium interspersed with stones. Planted in 1997 the free-draining, low-fertility soil balances vine vigour and contributes delicious mineral characteristics to our Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir.
10 hectare of free-draining river stone and gravel soils with a shallow top layer of clay based silt, this vineyard is particularly well suited to our Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Albarino, Pinot Noir and Syrah. The oldest vines were planted here in 1998.