The origin of the New Zealand winery in the area Gisborne
(North Island) is in 1964, when Bill Irwin planted a few Gewürztraminer vines. The first wine was produced only in 1975. Today the winery is managed by Denis Irwin. The vineyards with 32 hectares of vines are planted with the varieties Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Malbec, Merlot, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Syrah. A (for New Zealand
not unusual) is peculiarity that, especially in the case of white wines fermentation with natural yeasts. The flagship is the Gewurztraminer (sic - as it stands on the label), which is often referred to as the best New Zealand from this variety. The 1977 vintage was the first to attract international attention. Other top wines are made from the two varieties Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The red wines are still being experimented.