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Greystone is a relatively new venture, which began in 2000 with the purchase of exceptional limestone soils in the Omihi Hills in Waipara. Viticultural specialist Nick Gill was brought over from Penfolds to plant 13 blocks on this unique terroir and by 2004 work was complete. Dom Maxwell became their winemaker and their small team of excellence was formed.
Nick was quoted early on with “Imagine if you found the perfect soil, climate and environment to grow wine, but no-one had ever planted there before? If your passion was wine and North Canterbury (your turangawaewae) you would pursue to combine the two and capture it in a glass. This passion inspires us to farm organically and ferment wild to truly express our land”
Clearly, Nick’s view was much more than words as Dom has been awarded the prodigious New Zealand Winemaker of The Year, 2018 which you cannot win without great soil, vines and the skillset to match.
Bob Campbell MW chaired the judging panel alongside two of our country’s most esteemed wine judges and critics, Raymond Chan and Cameron Douglas (Master Sommelier). Bob MW said “Dom’s fusion of traditional winemaking and ground-breaking techniques earned him the accolade, which propels him into New Zealand’s winemaking history”.