The Porters vineyard was a bare and stony paddock, until planted in vines by Annabel & John Porter in 1992. We made our first vintage in 1995. Our vineyard is on Kitchener Street, the main road into Martinborough. The first vineyard was just five acres, growing Pinot Noir and a little Pinot Gris.
Then, a few years ago, we purchased another five acres of Pinot Noir on the vineyard next door to our house at 47 Kitchener Street.
It is behind this house that we converted the one hundred year old barn and stables into our winery – which was completed just in time for our vintage in 2000.
The vineyards are very much a hands-on operation, and we adopt organic principles and practices wherever possible. Vine prunings are either burnt or mulched back into the soil, the pips and skins from the pressed grapes are composted and used as mulch, and sprays are kept to the bare minimum. Even our packaging is designed to be used as a permanent cellar boxes or recycled.
Yields are low. Our emphasis is on producing grapes of the best quality every vintage. Our winemaking methods are gentle, resulting in wines which truly reflect the terroir and vintage conditions.
Great wine, after all, is made in the vineyard.
Our original vines are more than twenty years old now – and the richness and texture that can only come from older vines is very much in evidence.
Our wines are now served not only in the top restaurants in Wellington (such as Logan Brown, The White House, Boulcott Street Bistro, Charlie Nobles) but also in top Auckland restaurants, and throughout the country. We also export our Pinot Noir to the London wine trade, and other places overseas.
For us to have been able to create all this from a bare stony paddock and to raise our children in Martinborough – is reward in itself.
We hope you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy producing them.