History & Geography
Tim and Judy Finn were amongst the first to plant grapes in Nelson’s Moutere Hills, sited in the centre of the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. Our vines, the oldest of which date to 1978, are planted in deep clay gravel soils, laid down by ancient, long melted glaciers. These kaolinitic clay soils have a naturally low fertility and a sandy loam topsoil with an ever expanding organic matter content. With mountain ranges to the east, south and west providing a rain shadow effect, and Tasman Bay to the north ensuring a maritime climate, our home plantings spill down a gentle north-facing slope overlooking a side branch of the Moutere Valley. Nelson often has the highest sunshine hours in the country; summer growing months are warm and relatively dry, with the possibility of rain increasing towards autumn.