Shepherds Ridge Vineyard

+64 3 520 8270 211 New Renwick Road
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The Shepherds Ridge Property The Vineyard Rarangi, in the north-eastern corner of the Wairau Valley, where the Shepherds Ridge vineyard is located, captures the first of the sun’s rays from the early morning, through to the late afternoon. Nestled under the Richmond Range, adjacent to the Pacific coast, it has a unique climate – sunny, dry and sheltered. The Shepherds Ridge site is a total of 263 hectares (650 acres), with 73 hectares (180 acres) currently under vine. Free draining “pea gravels” laid down 2000 years ago by the tidal action of the Pacific Ocean, form a strata 30m deep.The top soil gravels are bound together by a 300mm layer of organic material, creating an outstanding environment for vine growth. A feature of the warm morning sun on the heat-absorbing “pea gravels” creates early bud-burst, while wonderful cool easterly coastal breezes flowing across the vineyard in the early afternoon, result in long, slow ripening of the fruit. The distinctively different soil and climatic Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinotage

    History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

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