Hinton Estate Vineyard
was established by the family that has grown premium fruit in Central
Otago, New Zealand for the last five generations. The vineyard is
located in Earnscleugh, near Alexandra, high above the orchards
on steep north-facing slopes in well drained schist soils.
Hintons planted Pinot Noir in 1999 as well as a small trial plot
of Merlot. The first vintage of Pinot Noir was produced in 2002. The family has,
however, had some involvement with grapes prior to the recent plantings.
were grown for decades in a glasshouse "vinery" from
the 1930's onwards. An experimental plot of vines planted outside
in the 1940's was abandoned - one of the reasons being the difficulties
brought about by the, at the time, uncontrollable rabbit plague.
Central Otago has a unique microclimate well suited to growing
the notoriously complex Pinot Noir grape variety.
The Hintons have since planted more Pinot Noir along
with Pinot Gris, Riesling, Viogner and Gewürztraminer.
The first orchard block was bought in 1910, and
since then the family has been primarily involved with the growing
and marketing of premium quality pip and summerfruit. Cherries,
apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, apples and pears are grown
to supply both local and export markets. Valuable experience of
growing methods, conditions and terrain have been gained over many
Nigel & Elisabeth Hinton developed the vineyard and winery along
with their son Howie and his wife Sarah. Howie is the winemaker,
obtaining his oenology and viticulture degree with distinction at
Lincoln University. He and Sarah worked the 2001 vintage in California
where they met Kenneth Juhasz, a winemaker in the Napa Valley. Kenneth came and
helped as the consultant winemaker with the 2003 and 2004 vintages.
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Wine and Cherry Gift Packs
Tasting Room in Alexandra - Right on the Rail Trail
The Hinton family's restaurant
and function venue in Christchurch
In the "Vinery" - 1945