Windhover Estate, nestled on Kina Peninsula sits facing Tasman Bay and is one of the very few true coastal Vineyards in New Zealand. The land has a natural, sloping aspect that leads to sea and enjoys full sun all day, as well as gentle sea breezes. The soil is made up of ancient remains of glacial activity that used to empty out into the bay. It is mainly clay mixed with stone, and it is this soil, which gives the Grüner Veltliner its mineral quality.

The vines are ‘ Dry Farmed ‘ meaning that irrigation is not used to promote excess growth. Rather the vines have to push their roots deep into the clay to source moisture, and in doing so provide the concentrated flavours that are found in Windhover Grüner Veltliner.

The vineyard is planted in three small parcels to take advantage of different microclimates and thus ensure an exciting mix of flavour profiles in the grapes across each block. The vines are hand tended and spraying is kept to a bare minimum. There is a belief that the salt spray that comes off the nearby sea acts as a natural deterrent to diseases.

Each vine is hand tended, with shoot thinning, leaf plucking and crop thinning timed to the vineyards ‘ pulse ‘ so as to produce fruit of optimum quality.

Tasman is a wine region that is becoming renowned for its aromatic wines and Grüner Veltliner is fast becoming part of the new wave of wines that are leading the way.

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