The TerraVin Hillside Vineyard is situated in the Southern Wither Hills between Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere Valleys and approximately 8.5km inland from the East Coast of the South Island.
At an altitude of approximately 120 to 160m, the aspect and location is unique. The vineyard is 29 hectares planted approximately evenly between Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, plus a small area of Chardonnay.
The Pinot Noir is a mixture of clones including clone 667, 777, 5, 114, 115, and more recent plantings of Abel. Row spacing is 2.4m, with a varying vine spacing of 1.5 to 1.8m, giving us a plant density of between 2300 to 2700 plants per ha.
Sauvignon Blanc is predominantly MS clone with some BDX 316 and 317. The row spacing is 2.4m and vine spacing 1.8m.
The main soil type is Wither Hills Silt Loams. These comprise a firm, friable, silt loam top soil over friable silt loam on clay loam formed on greywacke loess, over gravels. This soil is regarded to have a medium, natural fertility status.
The vineyard has been designed around 13 separate blocks, each with different aspects. In addition, the entire vineyard is planted on hillside slopes. These features combine to give us a number of unique ‘micro-sites’ within the same vineyard. This allows for a range of subtle but distinctive differences in the parcels of harvested fruit, the characters of which combine in the finished wines to add complexity and depth.
Latitude 41.608; Longitude 174.05