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NEW ZEALAND WINES AND VINYARDS
lovers revere Gisborne as the Chardonnay Capital of New
Zealand due to the predominance of this variety. Indeed,
Montana Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 1998 won the White
Wine of the Year Award at the London International Wine
Challenge in 1999.
Gisborne does however
have a board varietal mix and diversity of wine styles
reflecting the different soil types and mesoclimates
of the region. Gisborne has a celebrated reputation
for Gewürztraminer stemming from the country's
first benchmark wines being produced by Matawhero in
the 1970's. More recently some fine Semillon and Chenin
Blanc wines have been produced and the latest development
is the emergence of Pinot Gris and Viognier as varieties
with a promising future. Red varieties include vibrant
fruity Merlots, Malbec and the re-emergence of Pinotage
as a preferred variety.
German winemaker Friedrich Wohnsiedler pioneered commercial
winemaking in the Gisborne area, establishing vines
at Ormond just outside modern Gisborne. Wohnsiedler
released his first wine in 1921, but it wasn’t
until the 1970’s that viticulture swept through
the Gisborne region. Wohnsiedler’s vineyard and
winery in the Waihirere Valley flourished under his
care and was eventually bought by Montana.
Today, Gisborne is one
of New Zealand's most important grape growing regions,
the third largest in the country.
Much of the credit for
the Gisborne region’s quality wine must go to
Gisborne's high, hot sunshine hours and our clay loam
soils. These help produce wines with nuances of melon,
peach, grapefruit and passionfruit.
Our tough clay soils
are targeted for the richest Chardonnay wines, while
vigorous sites are better suited to sparkling wine.
Our luscious silts make delicate long-structured Chardonnays.
Gisborne wines have
body and finesse, a firmstructure on which to age, and
a delicate floral expression to the aroma.
Estate Winery (KEW)
Kirkpatrick Estate Winery is nestled close to
where Kirkpatrick families have farmed for 150
years, on the world-renowned Patutahi Plateau,
and is Gisborne's only terraced vineyard.
The core of the Tairawhiti Polytechnic Wine Industry
Certificate course, Waimata has it's own vineyard
and also a very well designed winery.
In recent years Montana has focused heavily on
developing Gisborne as a premium wine region,
expanding key vineyard sites and purchasing additional,
Revington Vineyard began in 1987 when Gisborne
lawyer Ross Revington and his journalist wife
Mary-Jane bought a 4.49 hectare vineyard in the
Ormond Valley, 20 kilometres from Gisborne.
Quality New Zealand wine from Marlborough and
Wrights wines is owned and operated by Geoffrey
Wright a devoted vegetarian with a passion for
In 1984 James and Annie Millton established their
winery on the banks of the Te Arai River near
Manutuke where the early settlers first planted
grapevines in 1871.
The new direction is reflected in the contemporary
label designs that express our commitment to environmentally
responsible production from growing to marketing.
Bulmer Harvest Limited, formerly Harvest Wine
Company, was founded in 1990 by Brian Shanks,
and led the resurgence of cider making in New
Zealand with increasing sales from five thousand
to over two million litres in five years.
We established Amor Bendall Wines in 1998, and
produced our first vintage in 1999. The winery
is owned and operated by partners Noel Amor and
Longbush was formally known as Landfall Wines
and White Cliffs, and is owned by the Thorpe brothers
John and Bill.
One of the first of the "new" boutique wineries
in New Zealand, Denis Irwin won his first overseas
medals for Gewurztraminer in the late 1970's.
Gisborne local's Alec and Rachel Cameron are your
hosts. Established in 1994 look out for the Mendoze
Chardonnay and the Cabernet Merlot Dessert Wine.
Stylish, elegant, delicate and complex
Tiritiri is possibly New Zealand's smallest boutique
vineyard (0.27ha). Owned by Duncan & Judy
Smith and set in a hidden valley near Gisborne,
this organically grown vineyard has a totally
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