Alpha Domus winery was established by two generations of the Ham family. The vision began in 1990 with the purchase of bare land and planting began in 1991.
Our commitment is to produce premium quality wines that are true to varietal character and are a reflection of their unique terroir.
Our vineyard lies in the renowned Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District of Hawkes Bay. From these soils, Alpha Domus winery produces world-class wines from a wide range of varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Viognier and Syrah.
Alpha Domus wines are produced from grapes grown on our Hawke's Bay vineyards - 20 hectares of premium viticultural land.
Located on the Heretaunga Plains, west of Hastings, these Hawke's Bay vineyards lie 20 km from the coast. Hot, dry summers mean vineyard temperatures consistently reach 30◦C.
The region averages 750mm of rain annually. Because the Alpha Domus vineyard is located in a natural rain shadow it receives considerably less rain.
With 600mm of silt loam overlaying river gravels, the soil type is ideal for quality wine production. Although it is very free draining and relatively infertile, the small quantity of organic matter ensures that there is an ability to retain some soil moisture and nutrients at required stages in the vine’s annual cycle.
The estate vineyard is planted to mature Bordeaux, younger Rhone varieties, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, managed to achieve maximum varietal flavours. To bring about the best results each variety is managed according to individual needs through every stage of the growing season. A diverse number of techniques are employed; they include bud, shoot, second set and crop thinning. Additionally high density planting is used to force the vines to compete which results in lower yields, greater ripeness, maximum varietal character and colour.
- Alpha Domus The Aviator 2002 (Liquorland Top 100 2005, Gold Medal Wines)
- Alpha Domus AD Noble Selection 2005 (Liquorland Top 100 2006, Gold Medal Wines)
- Alpha Domus Viognier 2005 (Champion Viognier) (Royal Easter Wine Show 2006, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
- Alpha Domus Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2006)