Rimu Grove Winery
We are a small producer of handmade wines using traditional techniques. All Rimu Grove wines are produced and bottled on site at Rimu Grove Winery in our 300 square meter winery. Approximately 40-50 tonnes of grapes are harvested annually. All grapes are handpicked to carefully select the best fruit. Click on a link below to see how each wine is made.
Rimu Grove Pinot Gris
Rimu Grove Pinot Noir
Rimu Grove Chardonnay
Our soil type is Moutere clay alluvial gravel. Vines are planted on a north facing gradient to allow free drainage; the vineyard slopes down to the Waimea inlet, a tidal estruary. We enjoy a microclimate in a warm bowl which allows for earlier ripening fruit, protection from wind and frost and more summer sun and heat.
Our 7 hectare vineyard is planted with:
The phylloxera resistant rootstocks used are 101-14, 3309, Riparia Gloire and Schwarzmann.
- 5 hectares of Pinot Noir (clones 5, 6, 10/5, 114, 115, 667, 777)
- 0.75 hectares of Chardonnay (clone 15)
- 1.5 hectares of Pinot Gris (clones 2/15 & Mission).
The vines are trellised using VSP (vertical shoot positioning) and the spacing is 1.5 x 2.5 meters. The vineyard is dry-farmed with 2-2.5 tonnes/acre cropping.