Immigrant's Vineyard comprises of 23ha of land, with 20ha planted in mainly Pinot Noir grapes and 4ha of Pinot Gris, plus a small amount of Gewürztraminer.
The vineyard has two terraces, with the top being extremely bony, sandy near "hydroponic" soils. The bottom terrace has far more organic matter, mixed in with the sandy/loamy soil. Through fertigation, we irrigate and feed the vines to prevent them from stressing out. Especially the top terrace, as it has very little cation exchange capacity. Through the application of fish fertilisers/seaweed/humates and re-sowing of the swards, an effort is being made to increase the organic matter. Every second row was turned and sown with Phacelia, Blue Lupin, Plantain, Tic Beans, Buckwheat and white oats.
We are just starting a replanting regime around the irrigation pond. We removed some of the willow trees and are looking at planting Toi Toi's , Flax and some Central Otago native trees and shrubs.
Overlooking the Clutha River and Old Man Range, Immigrant's Vineyard is one of the most southern vineyards in the world, exactly in between the Central Otago towns of Alexandra and Clyde. On one side it is bordering Dunstan Road and the famous Central Otago Rail Trail, on the other side SH8 and Airport Road. The Alexandra Golf Course is situated on the eastern border.
The Alexandra basin is renowned for warm days followed by cool nights, contributing to intense flavours, colour and structure of our wines. The grapes ripen much slower, retaining more acidity. However, even in summer, it is not unusual to have frosts during the growing season, resulting in the need for frost fighting to protect our valuable crop.
Harvest happens much later too, usually at the end of April to early May. This creates another challenge, when birds come down into the valley in search for food. To protect the ripening berries, from the end of February until harvest, the whole vineyard is covered in nets.
The vineyard is operated following Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand sustainable practices.
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