Greenhough is located in Hope, near Nelson at the top of New Zealand's South Island. The four hectare property was established in 1976 as a small vineyard and winery.
Nelson's cool, maritime climate is ideally suited to viticulture. Protected on three sides by mountain ranges the regional climate is mild and buffered against extremes. Annual sunshine hours are over 2300 and consistently among the highest in the country. Tasman Bay provides warm air flow and a reduced risk of damaging spring and autumn frosts while the sea breeze in summer moderates day time temperatures. Clear, cool nights preserve flavour and varietal character as fruit acids gradually reduce. A mineral, fruit-based acidity underpins all varieties providing definition, structure and elegance. Waimea East - Hope The Greenhough Hope Vineyard is nestled into an elevated terrace of the south-eastern Waimea Plains beneath the foothills of the picturesque Barnicoat Range. Separated by just a few hundred meters is the Morison Vineyard. The soil is a free draining mix of clay-rich loam and river gravels. This combination particularly suits aromatic expression in Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer, while contributing significantly to fruit weight and texture in medium to full-bodied Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. While irrigation is essential for the establishment of new plantings and while vines are young, the high clay content ensures that moisture is retained deep in the ground over most of the growing season. This largely mitigates the need for irrigation once vines are mature. Moutere Hills - Barraud & Hoddy Road Vineyards The Barraud and Hoddy Road Vineyards are planted on gentle, north facing slopes which falls to the waters of the Waimea Inlet. Here, shallow, sandy loam topsoil overlays a heavier subsoil of weathered clay. Site and aspect offer a number of natural advantages. There is drainage of moisture and cool air down-slope towards the estuary - so important when spring frosts threaten. The prevailing northerly breeze off the tidal inlet provides excellent ventilation and temperature moderation throughout summer. The mix of varieties includes Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer and Riesling.