The Winter Vineyard is located on Felton Road Bannockburn. The vineyard rests on old river terraces beside the Kawarau River with a north-to-north westerly aspect. Proximity to the river gives the site good air drainage and a degree of natural protection from frost. The climate in the Bannockburn area is unique due to very low total annual rainfall and warm summer temperatures. The winter months are cold and snow is constantly visible on the surrounding peaks. This is on of the few places in New Zealand where a true Continental Climate can be found.
The vineyard was planted in 2004 to Dijon 115, 777 & the Abel Clone, all of which are proven producers of high quality Pinot Noir in Central Otago. The vineyard is planted at 5000 vines/hectare and trellised with Vertical Shoot Positioning ensuring appropriate fruit exposure, excellent airflow and maximum light interception.
The backbone of New Zealand’s South Island is the Southern Alps, which are comprised largely of Greywacke and Schist. It is this base rock that has given rise to the soils of the Winter Vineyard. Alluvial gravels and silt flows form the terraces on which the vineyard lies providing moderate fertility and moisture holding capacity. The side faces of the terraces show the soil in full profile and reveal much-prized calcium carbonate layers.