“Nestled between the hills of North Canterbury, the Waipara Valley offers an exciting blend of soils and climate with a backdrop of natural, untouched beauty.”
- Jean-Luc Dufour – Vineyard Manager
The Mound Vineyard, Waipara Valley
The Mound vineyard is named after a geographical mound which is adjacent to the vineyard and offers spectacular views down to the river bed and across to the stunning Teviotdale Hills to the north east. In 2010 the grapes from this block were used in the inaugural ‘Riesling Challenge’ winemaking competition involving one harvest and 12 winemaker’s interpretation of this noble grape. We live in hope that we will repeat this adventure in the future. In the meantime, grapes from this vineyard are used to make our Single Vineyard Riesling.
Free draining gravelly loams over alluvial subsoil
Riesling is from a section of Geisenheim clones, 198-19,239 and 110
First planted 2002
The Home Block Vineyard, Waipara Valley
The gravelly soils of this vineyard enhance the rich and spicy tropical characters of our aromatic wines. This vineyard boasts some of the oldest Pinot Gris vines in the region; with the original planting still on its own roots. The grapes from the Home Block are hand harvested and go into our Mud House Single Vineyard Pinot Gris. The Home Block was site of the original farmer’s house and has retained its name since converting to vines over 20 years ago.
Free draining gravelly loams over alluvial subsoil.