In 2002 our family returned to New Zealand after many years overseas. We decided to make our home at Bellbird Spring in the beautiful Waipara Valley, an area peppered with vineyards, olive groves, nut farms and fields of lavender.
Whether whole bunch pressing white varieties or hand plunging our reds, winemaking at Bellbird Spring is typified by hand harvesting. We employ an artisan style with a focus on natural fermentation and aging in old oak barriques. Small lots are crafted from individual vineyards allowing the identity of the site and vintage to express itself.
As a family we believe in working together, with each other as well as the land itself. Tom and Sheila live on site and produce extra virgin olive oil the Home Block olive grove. Daughter, Alex, runs the office whilst son Guy, a winemaking graduate of Adelaide University, manages the vineyard and makes the wine.