History & Geography
In 1986 the first Pinot Noir and Syrah vines on the historic Saleyard’s Block located on the Martinborough Terraces. Early competition success established the winery’s reputation. In 1998, the area of vines under cultivation was expanded with the purchase of the old Blue Rock Vineyard, located 8 kilometres south of Martinborough Village on the Dry River terraces, a vineyard also first planted in the mid-1980’s, with mainly Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling vines. More recent plantings of Syrah, Pinot Gris and new Pinot clones have increased the area under vines to 25 hectares. The vineyard operates on a bio-sustainable basis with the objective of capturing the true ‘terroir’. Currently Blue Rock is home to Pinot Noir, Syrah, and the aromatic varietals of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Rose made from Pinot Meunier.