The origins of the New Zealand winery in the Gisborne
area of North Island date back to 1964, when Bill Irwin planted a few Gewürztraminer vines. The first wine was not produced until 1975. Today the winery is run by Denis Irwin. The 32-hectare vineyards are planted with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Malbec, Merlot, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Syrah. A special feature (not uncommon in New Zealand
) is that especially the white wines are fermented with natural yeasts. The flagship is the Gewurztraminer (sic - it says so on the label), which is often described as the best New Zealand wine of this variety. The 1977 vintage first gained international attention. Other top wines are made from the two varieties Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. With the red wines is still being experimented.