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Our Story

 

In 2000 the Thomas Family purchased a farm on the Omihi hills and began work to create the Greystone vineyard. From the outset there was one goal; to realise exceptional wines from the unique terroir. By 2004 with the help of Viticulturist Nick Gill they’d planted thirteen blocks across the Omihi slopes. Dom Maxwell became our winemaker and a team was formed in the pursuit of realising the potential of this exceptional site. The north facing limestone hills slope down to clay – the perfect combination for growing wines with minerality and concentration.

 

 

Our History

Greystone’s first wines were grown on the banks of the Waipara river but in 2004 the move came to the limestone and clay slopes of their newly planted home in Omihi.

In 2008 the first wine was produced from here and over the years Greystone has grown amid accolades and acclaim to be recognised as one of New Zealand’s best wineries. We love this region and with our wines we aim to capture the essence of this site and reflect this in every bottle of Greystone.

 

 

 

Greystone draws its name from the unique limestone conglomerate that we find as the bedrock on which our vine roots grow in. A limestone mix of fossils, sea shells and small pebbles that have been fused together through the seismic movement of North Canterbury.

Over time this ancient seabed has been pushed and folded upwards to form the Teviotdale Hills. Pinot Noir famously loves soils with limestone and thus different clones, aspects and blocks were planted to see what was capable from this bare land. As the soil changes down the slope we’ve also planted Chardonnay and Riesling. Further on the flat we have Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc which thrive in the tough dry clays and gravels of North Canterbury.

Our Land

Greystone draws its name from the unique limestone conglomerate that we find as the bedrock on which our vine roots grow in. A limestone mix of fossils, sea shells and small pebbles that have been fused together through the seismic movement of North Canterbury. Over time this ancient seabed has been pushed and folded upwards to form the Teviotdale Hills.

Pinot Noir famously loves soils with limestone and thus different clones, aspects and blocks were planted to see what was capable from this bare land. As the soil changes down the slope we’ve also planted Chardonnay and Riesling. Further on the flat we have Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc which thrive in the tough dry clays and gravels of North Canterbury.

 

Greystone Wines Vineyard Map

 

Our People

Greystone was the first to plant vines on this site and every year our knowledge of what we can achieve here grows. We grow, vinify and bottle our wines all on our site here in Omihi because it is impossible to replicate the dedication to quality that everyone at Greystone brings. A great place to work where we share baking at morning tea or hangi to celebrate our harvest. 

WINEMAKER DOMINIC MAXWELL


Winemaker Dom Maxwell started with Greystone in 2004 as a Vineyard Hand after completing his degree in Viticulture and Oneology. Dom, then went on to become Greystone's Winemaker and in 2011 New Zealand's Winestate Winemaker of the Year. Passionate about making wines reflective of their terroir, Dom's attention to detail provide us with exceptional, yet perfectly restrained wines. Keen on cricket, biking, snowboarding and spending time with his family, Dom is also known for making cheese and establishing his herb gardens.

VITICULTURIST NICK GILL


Born and bred in Australia, Nick came to us in 2004 to establish the Greystone Vineyard. Previously, Nick was the Vineyard Manager at Penfold Wines in the Barossa Valley. Nick and his Kiwi wife Angela moved to New Zealand where they purchased 16 acres of land and established their organic food farm. A keen family man with 3 small children, a keen interest in organic food, cooking, wine and hunting - Nick is always keen to whip up a meal from his catch. His expertise in his field has given Greystone a leading edge in producing premium fruit.