This Unique Terroir
Ruby Bay Vineyard was established in 2002 with the sole aim of making a range of Single Vineyard wines that would be a true expression of their soils. After searching country wide for the perfect vineyard location, Nelson's maritime climate, complemented by the highest number of sunshine hours in the country, proved irresistible. The 25 acre coastal block was ideal, comprising three gently rolling ridges, north facing aspect and rich Moutere clay soils - with the added bonus of wonderful sea and mountain views.
Some fourteen years and 12,000 vines later, varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling now bask under the hot Nelson sunshine. Much hard work and patience finally came to fruition with the first small vintages in 2006.
Nelson region's natural resources are bountiful and the dense Moutere clay soils in particular, are capable of producing intensely powerful fruit flavours, adding weight and mouth feel to the wines. Using grapes exclusively from this single vineyard, we strive to produce a range of premium wines with intensity of flavour, that are well balanced, whilst reflecting our unique maritime micro climate. Each vine is hand planted, then nurtured with individual attention, ably assisted by Nelson's hot summer sun and cooling sea breezes. Yields are carefully managed to ensure low cropping levels, averaging only 2 tonnes per acre. Only the best grapes are then hand harvested, reaching the winery in optimum condition, before being guided and crafted with skill, allowing the natural intensity of fruit flavours to predominate.
Using sustainable management practices, Ruby Bay Vineyard has been designated an approved vineyard by Sustainable Winegrowers New Zealand.
Once harvested, our wines are crafted under the guidance and care of John Jackson our Award Winning wine maker.