Our arm of Clan Fraser, whose ancestral home was in Aberdeenshire, immigrated to Nova Scotia in Canada in the 19th century. Later they travelled on to New Zealand via Australia. These first arrivals established farms in the fertile Hauraki Plains area, south of Auckland. Five generations on, and continuing the farming traditions, we planted a vineyard in New Zealand’s premier Pinot Noir region of Martinborough.
That it was grapes rather than other forms of farming is a result of history; over 40 years ago as a student, I worked on a vineyard during school vacations and a dream, which became an obsession, was born. I wanted to tend grapes, craft fine wines and share them with wine lovers around the world.
My wife Jill came to share the vision which took 20 years to become a reality when in 1986, we took a bag of Pinot Noir and Syrah cuttings and planted our first vines by hand. While we chose Martinborough because it was already established as New Zealand’s premium Pinot Noir region, we planted Read more »