Akaroa Winery in the Takamatua Valley

26-Mar-2012

The Akaroa Winery label, though very well-known locally will be one of the lesser known in this country, the wines being the produce of 2.2 ha of vines planted in the Takamatua Valley near Akaroa on Banks Peninsula, Christchurch. Ironically, the vineyard, established over fifteen years ago in 1995, and its wines stood side by side with the better-known French Farm wines. Allan Ransley and Timberly Hughes took over the vineyard and winery in 2001, and have only recently begun releasing their own wines. There are three vineyards on the 26 ha property, planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Riesling. The fruit from these vineyards is AssureQuality certified organic. The Pinot Noir wine made is supplemented by contract fruit which is not certified. Allan tends the vineyard solely and his wife Timberly makes the wines with input from Californian Phil Titus from the highly respected Chappellet winery in the Napa Valley. Around 5 tonnes of fruit are harvested annually on average, making only 400-500 cases.  If this is not a boutique operation, what is! takamatuavalley.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Akaroa Winery Canterbury Pinot Noir 2009

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