We’re lucky to work with some truly amazing growers who align with our values and pride themselves on producing high quality, sustainably farmed grapes. Our commitment to sustainability is in everything we do, which is why all of the vineyards we work with are certified sustainable through Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand (SWNZ). You can peep the SWNZ certs for our white and red.
It’s also important to us that the grapes are farmed using organic practices. There’s nothing that brings Diana more joy than walking down a wild, living vineyard. She’s convinced it positively impacts the microbial diversity, is good for the soul, and that you can taste allll that vitality in the wines. So, we work with growers who either already farm their blocks organically or who are down to at least farm our rows using organic principles.
2022 pop a wheelie white
The Chardonnay for our 2022 Pop a Wheelie White comes from the limestone hills of the HopesGrove Vineyard, owned, operated, and farmed by Pieter Koopman. Fun fact: Pieter is also an American expat who fell in love with Hawke’s Bay in the 00s.
“In pursuit of finding the perfect terroir, winemaker Pieter Koopman discovered our idyllic forty-acre site of gently rolling hills, located in Hawke’s Bay at the edge of the Heretaunga plains. Its north facing limestone slopes bask in abundant sunlight and warmth and the panoramic views sweep across the plains from the Ranges to Te Mata Peak, providing an idyllic site for our family-owned Estate to consistently produce fruit of optimum ripeness and flavour. Pieter’s establishment of the vineyard in 2006 integrated Burgundy and northern Rhone varietals, rootstocks, and clones, selectively matched to the property’s site-specific microclimates.” – HopesGrove Vineyards
2022 Rush the Stage Red
The Syrah for our 2022 Rush the Stage Red hails from the alluvial soils of the TK Vineyard, owned by Karen and Troy and managed by Bridget and Miles. Fun fact: They are some of the hardest working, most genuine people on this planet.
“The vineyard is located in the Bridge Pa Triangle which is widely recognised as some of the best grape growing land in the country due to it’s unique soil profile and climate. The oldest vines on the site are nearly 25 years old which provides a depth of flavour to the fruit. The site is located on an ancient riverbed left behind when the Ngaruroro River (top left of the map) changed course and diverted behind Roy’s Hill. The soils are largely made up of free draining river gravels overlaid with alluvium formed from loess, greywacke and volcanic tephra from the Central Plateau. The stony soils, known as ‘Red Metals’ due to the distinctive rusty red colour, provide ideal conditions underground for growing grapevines. The vineyard is 11 ha and is currently planted in Merlot (6ha), Syrah (4ha), Cabernet Franc (0.5ha) and Malbec (0.5ha).” – Herringbone Wine/TK Vineyard