8 Ranges Wines
8 Ranges Wines are crafted by our French winemakers from grapes grown on our Certified Sustainable Tussock Ridge Vineyard, which was established in 2001 by Mark Borrie and Trevor Deaker.
For many years, Mark and Trevor have had a passion and enthusiasm for fine wines – and for the Central Otago landscape. These have been the motivations for the establishment of 8 Ranges Wines. The aim is to always produce wines of distinction and excellence which express the local terroir.
Tussock Ridge is a boutique vineyard of less than 3 Ha, situated on the edge of a high terrace in the middle of the Alexandra Basin amidst spectacular mountains in the Central Otago region of New Zealand.
The vineyard overlooks the Clutha River between Alexandra and Clyde, and is located just above the Central Otago Rail Trail.
Our Vineyard is Certified Sustainable by Sustainable Winegrowing NZ.
For us, this means that we use all resources in an environmentally sustainable way. Where practical we use organic methods, and at all times we strive to tread gently on the earth, so that the land will be left in a healthier condition than when we arrived.
We carefully chose this site as the location for the vineyard because of
- the soils - its combination of stone and gravels from an ancient lake bed, and glacial loess. The low fertility of these soils encourage the vines to grow low volumes of intensely flavoured fruit, which give the wines a rich yet mineral character.
- the very dry climate - just over 200mm of rain per year.
- the elevated site which enables an unimpeded movement of air. This, in combination with the low rainfall, ensures that the fruit is clean and disease-free when picked, without the need for any non-organic spraying.
- the reliable, hot summer and long autumn with warm days and cool nights. This diurnal range of up to 20+ degrees allows the grapes to mature slowly, developing intense flavours.