The origin of the New Zealand winery in the area Gisborne
(North Island) was in 1964 when Bill Irwin planted a few Gewürztraminer vines. The first wine was not produced until 1975. Today the winery is run by Denis Irwin. The vineyards with 32 hectares of vineyards are planted with the varieties Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Malbec, Merlot, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Syrah. One (for New Zealand
Not uncommon) is that especially with white wines the fermentation takes place with natural yeasts. The flagship is the Gewurztraminer (sic - so it says on the label), which is often described as the best of New Zealand from this variety. The 1977 vintage received international attention for the first time. Other top wines are made from the two varieties Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The red wines are still being experimented with.