As a kid I dreamed of being a farmer. Not just any farmer, a Craft Farmer.
I wanted to grow things and make and market a product from the land.
There was plenty of inspiration, my Grand Father Tom was a Craft Farmer. He milked cows and was the Chairman of the dairy company he and his brother set up after World War Two.
Growing stuff is a noble pursuit. Be it wine, food or flowers- all agricultural products that sustain us, mind and body, and connect us to the land.
Craft Farm is the name of our small vineyard in Havelock North. Some of the wines under this range come from home but others are grown elsewhere. We don’t farm a large area or have flash equipment. All of the tractor work is done using our vintage Massey Fergusson 135 and the rest of the work is done by hand. The grapes were planted by friends and family over three consecutive years from 2010. All blocks are planted with as many different clonal selections that I could find-some we collected the bud-wood and grew ourselves. We grow our grapes without irrigation and using an organic farming approach (we are not certified organic however). It gives us great pleasure growing and making the wines we enjoy drinking. We are Craft Farmers.
Currently there are four wines, our Home Vineyard Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay, a Lyons Vineyard Syrah and the Loughlin Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (with some Semillon).
These wines are bottled in small volumes and in distinctive bottles and mostly under cork.
For more information on development of wine under cork please see the blog post ‘Flavour ripeness vs Phenolic ripeness it’s a winemaking choice’.