The vines grow on the terraces of the Ruamahanga River, the main waterway crossing the Wairarapa Plain. The alluvial deposits have provided the basis of the silty loam soils (Typic Argillic Pallic soil type) on which the vineyard has been established. These soils and the local climate produce grapes with region-wide renown. The wines from the grava vineyard are excellent examples, expressing distinct clonal, varietal and regional characteristics.
The vineyard faces the Rimutaka Range to the west, with an eastern backdrop of the southern Wairarapa hills. Te Maunga (alt. 979 m) is a prominent mountain landmark to the south. The local semi-maritime climate is characterised by cool springs and hot summers, with pronounced diurnal temperature changes. The long, dry autumn provides ideal harvest conditions for production of our high-quality, distinctive wines.
The grava logo is a sculpture made from gravel collected from the vineyard.
Grava wines are available from our cellar door at our winery in central Martinborough, at 50 Kitchener Street. Come in and enjoy a tasting and a platter. The cellar door is always open Friday-Sunday 11-5, and by appointment at other times. During the summer months it is open for longer periods – currently Thursday-Monday. To be sure, please call us on +642108343215 or email us to make a booking.
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