Greenhough is a small family winery located in Hope, near Nelson at the top of New Zealand's South Island. In late 1990, Andrew Greenhough and Jenny Wheeler moved to Nelson - from Auckland - to embark on a new challenge and way of life.The four hectare property they bought had been established in 1976 as a small vineyard and winery.In the intervening years the property has been expanded to 11 hectares, the original plantings largely redeveloped and the winery modernised. A small block of much valued Riesling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc vines, now over 30 years old, remains. Over time there has been a need for growth. Rather than purchase fruit from grape growers on a contract basis, it has been the policy to establish stable, long-term relationships with selected land owners. This arrangement has provided access to varied and interesting sites together with a large measure of control in terms of the choice of planting material, vineyard layout and on-going seasonal management. Two separate sites have been established in this way since 2000 adding a further eight hectares of vineyards.
The Greenhough Hope Vineyard is nestled into an elevated terrace of the south-eastern Waimea Plains beneath the foothills of the picturesque Barnicoat Range. Separated by just a few hundred meters is the Morison Vineyard.The Barraud and Hoddy Road Vineyards are planted on gentle, north facing slopes which falls to the waters of the Waimea Inlet. Greenhough's wine-making is premised on fruit quality, preserved and sensitively influenced. It is an approach which balances technology and intuition. The objective is to make wines with clear varietal character, expressive of our vineyard sites and our approach to wine-making.
Developing from their belief in sustainable practices they introduced an organic management programme in late 2008, with the Hope Vineyard gaining full BioGro certification in 2011. The Morison Vineyard is currently in the process of conversion also. The winery has also been BioGro certified and they look forward to the release of our first organic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in 2012-13.