Home, Damsteep and Netherwood vineyards lie on the hills of Omihi, North Canterbury, New Zealand. Pen and Nicholas look after these small farms with Pen’s family and an enthusiastic team.
We’re making pure wines grown in a cool climate. We farm with nature and wish for our vineyards to be full of natural life so healthy places for people to be and to grow quality food and and wine.
Organic and regenerative farming practices help us enrich the soils and life here. No systemic sprays or chemicals are used on our vineyards. We till and mow the interrows and surrounds of our vineyards as little as possible, sometimes planting cover crops or letting them return, allowing natural diversity for balanced life and continued sequestration of carbon. We enjoy using biodynamic practices which remind us to look at each farm as an holistic whole, helping us maintain natural rhythms of life. Farming like this is dynamic and keeps life and work on these farms interesting, healthy and fun.
In the winery, Nicholas and Justine guide the wines naturally, focusing on the essence and character of the fruit from each farm. If our wines can speak honestly of their place and season, we can share the connection we have to these places with you! No additions or manipulations are made, nor fining or filtering except vineyard derived yeast to ferment and in most cases, minimal sulphur added at bottling. Five of our wines are zero sulphur. Certified organic and biodynamic with Biogro 5202 and Demeter. Cheers, Pen and Nicholas.