Clos Henri

Clos Henri is the wine estate meticulously established and organically run by the famous Sancerre wine growing family of Henri Bourgeois.

About the winery
The land at Clos Henri represents a very unique crossroad of three different soil types. The reason we have three kinds of soils is due to previous geological movements forming the Wither hills on our southern boundary, and the Wairau seismic fault line which runs through the estate, resulting in two different soil types lying beside each other on the plain. All practices in the vineyard are driven by a respect for the land and working with each soil to ensure wines are crafted with the highest quality and a true sense of place. Our complex combination of high density planting, low vigour, low yields and organic and biodynamic practices, allows us to craft premium wines with dry farming. This has been, to us, one of the most meaningful achievements since we established our vineyard. We see it as the ultimate expression of true wine terroir.

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Opening Hours
Monday: 10:00 - 16:00Tuesday: 10:00 - 16:00Wednesday: 10:00 - 16:00Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00Friday: 10:00 - 16:00Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00Sunday: Closed
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Events / Weddings
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English, French
Children friendly
Disabled access
New Zealand
Wines produced
Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc, Clos Henri Pinot Noir, Petit Clos Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Clos Pinot Noir, Chapel Block Blanc de Noirs Methode Traditionnelle
Grape varieties
Sauvignon BlancPinot Noir
History & Geography
When Henri Bourgeois’ sons Rémi and Jean-Marie took over the reins from him in the late 1980's, the family was inspired to explore outside the borders, sparking the ‘great search’ that 12 years later, led them to Marlborough, New Zealand to establish Clos Henri Vineyard. After embarking on a 12 year long, worldwide search for a new slice of terroir, similar to their own in Sancerre; New Zealand revealed itself as the place to create wines that would reflect the Bourgeois philosophy. In 2000 the family fell in love with the land and wines of Marlborough and in the same year, made the instinctive and emotive decision to purchase 98 hectares. The New Zealand vineyard of the Bourgeois family was christened ‘Clos Henri’, ‘Clos’ is a French word representing an ancient custom of enclosing a unique vineyard or precious garden, traditionally with a stone wall.
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