Kaimira Ventures owns and operates two vineyards, and lease a third: the first one we established in River Terrace. In total there are 26.5 hectares. They are known as River Terrace, the Winery Block and Livingston Road. All three vineyards are certified organic by Asure Quality; viticultural practices are overseen by our manager. Our vineyards are relatively closely planted with a row width of 2.4 m and vine spacing varying from 0.9 m for some Mendoza Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer to up to 2 m for Sauvignon Blanc. All vines are vertical shoot position (VSP) pruned which means that each year the crop is taken from one year old cane.
This 6 hectare vineyard was planted in 1997-98. It is located alongside the Wairoa River and the soils are river alluvium interspersed with stones washed down from the nearby hills over many centuries. The free draining low fertility soil helps balance the natural vigor of the vines while contributing highly desirable mineral characteristics to the wines. This site produces Sauvignon Blanc, Mendoza Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and several clones of Pinot Noir grapes.
Parts of this 10 hectare vineyard were originally planted in 1995. The subsoils are free draining river stone and gravels with a shallow top layer of clay based silt. The site produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Muscat and Syrah grapes. From 2007 to 2009, we made a Semillon from early plantings on this vineyard. The Spanish variety Albarino is a new addition.
This 10.5 hectare vineyard was planted in 2007. The subsoils are free draining river stone and gravels with a shallow top layer of clay based silt. The site produces Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot grapes.