We have two vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District, west of Hastings in Hawke’s Bay. The vineyards are around 3km apart. One of Stonecroft’s vineyards is on Mere Road and the other is at the base of Roy’s Hill. We have approximately 7 ha of vines; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Viognier. Both vineyards are hot and dry. The soil (known as the Omahu Gravels) is very stony and free draining.
We take great care to ensure the grapes harvested from our vineyards are of a high quality. Pruning, picking and most of the canopy management is carried out by hand. As we are organic, we spend a lot of time on canopy management. This includes de-budding, leaf picking and green harvesting. Yields are kept very low to ensure top quality fruit and good ripeness levels. Both vineyards are certified organic.