It all started in 1978
Scrolling back in time, I remember Tim saying he wanted a North facing clay slope. We found the perfect spot in the hills half way between Nelson and Motueka. Sadly we had to pass an opportunity to sail around the world with a couple of friends. I think we made the right choice.
Meet the Crew
Our wines are the product of a team
Like many small vineyards we run on a great deal of hard work, good luck, and a lot of fun. We nod in the direction of business reality to keep the whole enterprise afloat, but we believe great wines come from the heart as well as the head.
Great wines come from great vineyards
Great wines have a basis of fruit concentration, length and sense of place. In working this close to nature there will sometimes be heartache and occasionally celebration; each year there is new promise, but always there is the excitement of discovery.
Slowly grown over time
Neudorf Vineyards are centred on the home block but we have smaller blocks adjoining the original vineyard and we bring in fruit from two selected vineyards where we oversee the production but do not own the land.
Todd and Simon’s domain
We have two small wineries – one for red wines and one for white. In the middle is the laboratory which also serves as a library, blending room, war room (over vintage when they are planning their attack on picking) and gathering place.
All the words, none of the jargon
We blithely talk about malo, pH and total acidity. All winemakers rave on about minerality, phenolics and filtration. Here’s a short and simple explanation of words we use on our tasting notes.