From humble beginnings
The Georges Road estate is located in the Waipara Valley, just 45 minutes north of Christchurch. It is situated at the western end of the valley, on two terraces above the Waipara River with magic views to the Three Deans mountain range beyond. The soil type is called Glasnevin Gravels, essentially poor, free-draining river gravels. The vineyard is approximately 60m higher than the main highway which reduces its susceptibility to frost when cold air drains down the valley from the Waipara Gorge to the west.
Georges Road vineyard comprises of equal parcels of Syrah, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling. All vines undergo shoot thinning prior to fruit set and crop thinning post veraison. Disease pressure is low largely due to the prevailing northwest winds and frost is a minor issue. The vineyard midrow is grassed and the undervine area is kept bare.