First planted to vine in 1978 by Jill &
Dayne Sherwood, the estate is located in the picturesque Waipara
Valley and even after 30 years, you can still find Jill & Dayne
every day in the winery.
True pioneers, Sherwood were the first to plant Pinot Noir in
the region and were also the first winery in the region to to
be fully accredited under the Sustainable Winegrowers
What started as a hobby soon turned in to a desire to know more.
The year was 1988
and the New Zealand wine industry was in its infancy. Viticulture
and winemaking wasn't a study option in New Zealand and would-be
winemakers, including their Chief Winemaker, Petter Evans, had to
go overseas to study. That year, Lincoln University established the
first cool climate wine production programme in the
English-speaking world. Not content with one degree, Dayne, along
with 8 others enrolled.
Now celebrating 30 years of winegrowing - a stamp of proof that
they have firmly established themselves as a producer of
outstanding varietally-focussed quality wines at great value, they
have also shown that their love for wine is as strong as ever.