Well established family vineyard

First planted in 1996 the Walnut Block vineyard lies in the world-renowned Wairau Valley in Marlborough. Marlborough’s unique winegrowing conditions reflect a combination of alluvial soils, deposited over thousands of years from an ancient river bed that flowed between the mountainous borders of this valley, the region’s high sunshine hours and the temperate New Zealand climate.

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Certified organic with BioGro New Zealand

Our decision to farm organically reflected our belief that we could grow grapes with a higher quality than those grown using conventional methods. As the vines have become more self-sufficient and naturally balanced we have seen a greater depth of flavour and improved mouthfeel in the wines.  The vines themselves can adapt to seasonal variations, which result in consistently healthy, and well balanced grapes.

Since 2002 Nigel Sowman, Walnut Block’s viticulturist, has studied and practised organics and has become a recognised authority on organic viticulture. Nigel is proud of the exceptional quality of fruit being produced using only organic practices.

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Acclaimed Rapaura sub-region

The soils found in Marlborough’s Rapaura sub-region provide ideal growing conditions for fruit-intense wines. With a stony, free-draining subsoil and younger alluvial silts layered above, Rapaura encourages a unique style, with generous ripe-fruit flavours and pungent aromas.

As Clyde says, “By allowing the vines to evolve organically and adapt to the environment we can produce wine that highlights the region’s diversity.”

  • Why We Grow Organic Grapes

    “Organic wine grapes allow the vineyard’s unique characters to be expressed due to less outside influences such as sprays and fertilizers. Depth of flavour and mouthfeel improves as the vines become more self sufficient and naturally balanced which also results in a wider nuance of complexity”

    Nigal Sowman, Viticulturist

  • Why We Grow Organic Grapes

    “Organic wine grapes allow the vineyard’s unique characters to be expressed due to less outside influences such as sprays and fertilizers. Depth of flavour and mouthfeel improves as the vines become more self sufficient and naturally balanced which also results in a wider nuance of complexity”

    Nigal Sowman, Viticulturist

Luxury vineyard accommodation

Walnut Block Cottages offer superb 5-star accommodation in a secluded setting among the vines – perfect for travellers seeking a relaxing destination, for wine lovers looking for a taste of the vineyard lifestyle, and for any special occasion.