Bell Hill

Bell Hill Vineyard, Canterbury, New Zealand

Bell Hill Vineyard was established by Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen and is situated at an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury. This is a unique site with limestone derived soils and north facing hillside exposures. From 1997 through to 2009 they planted two hectares at high density with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Bell Hill uses the Burgundian model of vineyard architecture with a high plant density of 9,259 to12,500 vines/ha. The intention of this is to reduce yield per vine and encourage deep root penetration of the soil profile, its flavour and its elements. The Weka Pass area was previously unplanted in grapes but they were drawn there by its pure chalky limestone soils and calcareous clays. The Roadblock and Slope are rich in dense clays bringing another influence to the wines.

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