Maori Point Vineyard
Maori Point is a bend on the Clutha River, where Maori prospectors panned for gold in the 1860s. At our vineyard beside the Clutha, the deep glacial gravels, hot days and cool nights prolong grape ripening to produce intense, full-flavoured wines.
We are John Harris, Marilyn Duxson, Matt Evans, and Maggie Evans. We are also the children, grandchildren, and friends who walk among these vines and contribute to Maori Point. We are passionate about this land, these vines, and the superb wines they produce.
Come visit us and you will taste wines with the person who actually tended the grapevines or made the wine! Stroll among our vines, or take a walk or picnic down to the Clutha River (bring a fishing rod - the trout are biting!).
From October to February:
We are open every day (except Christmas day), from 11am to 5pm.
March and April:
We are open every day, from 11am to 5pm, except Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Anzac day.
From June to September:
We are open Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun from 11am to 5pm, but if you would like to visit on another day please call us, and we can set up an appointment!
We are located halfway between Cromwell and Wanaka, near the small town of Tarras
Located In the heart of Central Otago.
Halfway between Cromwell and Wanaka, on the bank of the Clutha River at Tarras, Maori Point is surrounded by mountains, snow-covered in winter (and often through summer). The area is usually cloud-free and dry. The southern boundary of our vineyard is sheltered by pine trees but the nor-west wind can funnel between the mountain ranges and sweep across the vineyard. Our soil is wind-blown loess over deep deposits of large boulders dumped at the foot of the Hawea glacier, 10,000 years ago. Since then, little has grown in this arid environment. We are changing that, both through our grapevines (which unlike most crops can thrive in this free-draining, low-organic content soil) and through our plantings of native vegetation.
We practice careful viticulture and management of the land.
We believe that each grapevine has a story, and we laboriously hand-tend each vine to help it tell that story. Flowers and aromatic plants are grown between the vine rows and then mown and mulched under the vines, to create a beneficial ecosystem and nutrition for the vines. These practices have made an enormous difference: in just a few years our vines have found balance, and the soil in the vine rows has changed colour from pale sand to dark loam. Meanwhile, our native vegetation is thriving, and our honeybees can be found buzzing throughout the property.
A great wine is the expression of its terroir: the place, the soils and the people.
This land and our careful farming of it may explain why our wines show particular intensity, combining lifted fruit and non-fruit flavours with sumptuous textures. We allow the native wild yeasts from our vineyard to perform our Pinot Noir fermentations, and we do not fine or filter our Pinot Noir. Our winemaking is the artisanal ideal: our winery is right next to our vines, and we hand craft our wines with minimal intervention, but maximal care. We smell and taste and ponder every fermentation and every single barrel of our wine, from start to finish. We have learned to read our wines, to understand their past and dream about what they will become. But these words can only take you so far. To truly understand, come visit us and taste our wines.