grava Wines Ltd was founded in 2014 by experienced winemaker Alistair Gardner, his wife Karla Falloon and her family. The well-established vineyard sits on the alluvial soils of the Southern Wairarapa in the heart of the winegrowing region of Martinborough. It produces high quality wines from Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
Alistair is grava’s viticulturist and winemaker. He uses traditional and modern viticultural and oenological methods in the vineyard and winemaking operations. The grapes are all hand-harvested and grown using sustainable practices with Alistair overseeing all stages of vine upkeep, crop growth and fruit maturity to produce the best quality fruit for processing and fermentation. Alistair’s attention to detail, extensive international knowledge and dedication to excellence characterises the grava vineyard and winery operations.
Grava (Spanish; = gravel) encapsulates the essence of grava wine production with our grapes grown on gravelly alluvial soil. Alistair has spent over ten years working extensively across various wine regions in Spain, including Galicia, Segovia, Toro and Malaga. He brings this broad experience with different climatic regions, diverse grape varieties and varied winemaking traditions to a New Zealand region renowned for high-quality wine production.
Alistair particularly loves the traditional Spanish way of combining wine and food, while socialising with friends and family. This culture has lead to the grava wines being those that can be enjoyed in this setting, and work very well with a range of foods.
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