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Greystone

Greystone is one of the top producers in Canterbury, situated on New Zealand's South Island.

 

In 2000, the Thomas Family purchased a farm on the Omihi hills and began work to create the Greystone vineyard. From the outset there was one goal; to realise exceptional wines from the unique terroir.

By 2004 with the help of Viticulturist Nick Gill they had planted thirteen blocks across the Omihi slopes. Dom Maxwell became the winemaker and a team was formed in the pursuit of realising the potential of this exceptional site.The north facing limestone hills slope down to clay – the perfect combination for growing wines with minerality and concentration.

Greystone's first wines were grown on the banks of the Waipara river but in 2004 the move came to the limestone and clay slopes of their newly planted home in Omihi. The aim is to capture the essence of this site and reflect this in every bottle of Greystone.In 2008 the first wine was produced from Omihi.

Over the years Greystone has grown amid accolades and acclaim to be recognised as one of New Zealand’s best wineries.The name and the vineyardGreystone draws its name from the unique limestone conglomerate that we find as the bedrock on which the vine roots grow in. A limestone mix of fossils, sea shells and small pebbles that have been fused together through the seismic movement of North Canterbury.

Over time this ancient seabed has been pushed and folded upwards to form the Teviotdale Hills.Pinot Noir famously loves soils with limestone and thus different clones, aspects and blocks were planted to see what was capable from this bare land. As the soil changes down the slope Greystone winery has also planted Chardonnay and Riesling. Further on the flat they also have Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc which thrive in the tough dry clays and gravels of North Canterbury.

Founding viticulturist Nick Gill is still with Greystone while at the same time looking after the vineyards of Tongue in Groove, where he produces wine with together with his wife and five friends.

Winemaker Dom Maxwell has been named New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2018 by Gourmet Traveller wine.