The Brightwater Vineyard was established in 1999. This vineyard is a total 70ha, with Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Zweigelt. The soil on this site ranges from large gravelly areas to light sandy loam soils, which results in a very porous soil structure with little water holding capacity. Because of this, a large earth dam was constructed nearby in 2002 to store water for summer irrigation. The ‘Brightwater’ Vineyard lies about 15km from the sea (10km from the winery) and is nestled under the Richmond Ranges on the southern end of the Waimea Plains. The temperature at this site fluctuates more than any of our other vineyards due to its distance from the coastline, with less maritime influences playing a role.
The Rabbit Island Vineyards are situated 20km west of Nelson city on the Waimea Plains near Rabbit Island beach. These first plants (in this block now totally 60ha of vineyards) date back to 1988 when Seifried initially established this vineyard. The Rabbit Island Vineyard now includes three sub-blocks: the ‘Winery Block’, ‘Challies Block’ and ‘The Cornfield’, which all produce fruit with very slight variations and nuances on a similar stylistic theme. Lying just 1.5km from the coast, the air temperature at the Rabbit Island properties is heavily moderated by the sea. The soil here comprises a silty, sandy surface with a very gravelly sub-surface making the ground free draining, friable and easily worked. Such soil is well suited to deep rooting crops such as grapes as there is little or no clay pan. Varieties grown here include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The Waimea River runs through the Waimea Plains and ensures the water table remains relatively high and offers an abundant supply of underground water.
The Edens Road Vineyard was established in 2006. It has boundaries with the Wairoa River and the soil consists of heavy rocks and boulders. Irrigation is key to vine survival on this site as moisture quickly moves down through the porous stone soil structure. Edens Road Vineyard is 40ha of predominately Sauvignon Blanc with just a small area of Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Merlot. This vineyard is located 12km from the coast and shares similar climatic characteristics to the Brightwater vineyard, although it does tend to experience light wind draughts associated with the river.
The Queen Victoria Vineyard was purchased in 2013 however the vineyard area has expanded since the time of purchase. With just 4.5ha Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris planted when Seifried purchased it, Hermann went about converting the remaining land, which had been a kiwifruit and apple orchard into vines. The stony soils and sheltered site mean great fruit ripeness, with plenty of minerality to add structure to the palate.