In 2002 the Porter family returned from the UK to New Zealand after many years away. Coming back to Canterbury in New Zealand's South Island to make their home at Bellbird Spring in the Waipara Valley.
Bellbird Spring, Home Block Vineyard is 5.2 hectares in area. Here on a terrace above the Waipara river they have planted Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Muscat Ottonell on one hectare of this site to make Home Block White - our Vin de Terroir. Sauvignon Blanc was also planted and is used for 'The Pruner's Reward' label. Wines from this site show exellent aroma and fruit character.
Two years later and they bought another site. A clay slope to the north of the river which we named Block Eight. Sauvignon Blanc was planted here too, making a fuller old barrel fermented style. Pinot Gris was also planted, once again producing weightier wines than the Home Block terrace site.
Each member of our family plays a part. Tom and Sheila Porter have their home here and produce extra virgin olive oil Read more »