Providence is located in the rolling hills of the Matakana region, 60 kilometres north of Auckland.
The vineyard is situated between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Rodney Ranges (standing at over 400 metres) 2 kilometres to the west.
Due to these features, the area enjoys a microclimate, noted for low rainfall and high sunshine hours, ideal to produce the best red wine in New Zealand.
We utilize the traditional growing and wine making methods of old Europe, passed down through the generations.
Bringing old world tradition, to the new world in Matakana, New Zealand has challenged the perceptions of wine collectors around the world who often ask how our achievements are possible.
It is the many small details which enables Providence to stand among the Grand-Crus. Explore how we achieve excellence.
The vineyard is planted on free draining, iron-rich clay of volcanic origin containing many trace elements. The clay soil extends beyond six meters in depth. The minerality of the soil is reflected in the unique aromas and flavours that characterise Providence wines.
The granular structure and free draining nature of the soil allows for plant stressing in normal years. In very dry years the clay soil retains sufficient moisture, permitting natural ripening with no adverse effects on the vines.
The characteristics of the climate and soil allow the vines to develop deep root systems, thereby utilizing deep lying trace elements and minerals which enhance the complexity of our wine.
The vineyard area covers two hectares on a North-facing hillside averaging about 12 degrees of slope.
The vineyard was planted in 1990 and originally with three varieties: 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec.
Over the years, these percentages were changed to produce the optimal Bordeaux blend for the property. Currently, the composition is 45% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot and 10% Malbec.
In 1993, 1200 Syrah vines were planted as an experiment. After initial disappointment with the young Syrah vines, James was persuaded to persevere by Providence fans in Japan, Germany and the USA. The Syrah have since become cult wines among wine lovers.
The row widths are 1.6 meters with 1 meter spacing between vines.
The vines are grown in the traditional manner - low to the ground - which utilizes retained heat from the clay.