Greenhough is a family-owned vineyard and winery established in 1991 by Andrew Greenhough (winemaker) and Jenny Wheeler. Located at Hope, near Nelson at the top of the South Island, the home vineyard is planted in free-draining, clay-rich soils beneath the foothills of the Richmond Ranges.
Fruit is drawn from two separate 4-hectare vineyards established and managed by Greenhough on long-term contract. Fruit from these and the home vineyard provides the basis for the Nelson range of wines - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
From the 5-hectare home vineyard comes the flagship Hope selection. The highly regarded Hope Vineyard Pinot Noir is partnered by a barrel fermented Chardonnay and sweeter-styled Riesling. Together these wines are an expression of a single site, a management style and philosophy evolved over the past decade. Concentration, structure and persistence - power with elegance and restraint is their signature.
Nelson, New Zealand
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Blanc
In late 1990, a young couple left Auckland behind for a rural pocket of Nelson, encouragingly named ‘Hope.
Swapping city for country life, Andrew and Jenny took on a four hectare property, determined to create something of their own. The vineyard had been roughly established in the 70s by a pioneer amateur winemaker.
When we arrived the vineyard and simple winery were functional and for a year or two offered us the opportunity to cut our teeth as novice winemakers. These were exciting times, challenging, hard work and full of promise. Nelson’s small group of established winemakers welcomed us city rookies, but even with their guidance, we had to make our own mistakes. Immersed in our new way of life we were rapidly acquiring knowledge and experience. HopeVY marked outAfter a few seasons we cut our losses, culling the heavy-cropping Muller Thurgau and green-edged Cabernet Sauvignon. This was progress. We bought more land and re-committed to promising Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. By the end of our first decade we had begun to garner some recognition for or wines. It was a time when the industry was developing rapidly and interest in New Zealand wine offered new opportunities for growth into markets at home and off-shore.
Until the late 90’s the two of us had nurtured the business alone but larger vineyards and production meant that it was time to build a small team around us. Extra hands to share the work-load along with new skills and experiences to broaden the vision._MG_7444 In 2008, we challenged ourselves again with the conversion to organics. Hope is now home, and we want to protect the land that has tested, inspired and rewarded us. When nature thrives, so do we.
Today, Greenhough continues to look forward. The next vintage is always on the horizon, a new frontier. The nuances of the season are mirrored in the new wines. More than 25 years on, our craft remains as exciting and dynamic as ever.
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