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Our Seaview Vineyard is located in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough at the north eastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Stretching from the foothills of the Kaikoura Ranges to undulating downs overlooking Cook Strait, Seaview Vineyard is the single largest privately owned vineyard in the New Zealand.
For years, these rolling Awatere Valley foothills were regarded as unsuitable for grape growing. Falling in love with the land, Peter Yealands thought differently. Often working by himself late into the night, Pete led the re-contouring of the land. By filling ravines, smoothing gullies, terracing hills and planting a diverse range of grapes using GPS alignment, he transformed rugged pastoral land into a sustainable vineyard area.
Located in some of Marlborough’s harshest conditions; strong coastal winds, low rainfall, high sunshine and cool nights, our low yielding vines produce small berries, with thick skins and an intense varietal character.
The rolling terrain produces a vast array of flavours; vines and fruit exposed to the strong coastal winds producing smaller more intense berries, whilst the vines in the hollows show more lush growth and fruit. These parcels are harvested and fermented individually allowing our winemaking team to select only the very best parcels for our Yealands Estate wines.
In contrast to conventional thinking, Peter Yealands has developed and planted over 25 wetlands and 75,000 native trees and flaxes on the vineyard. Strategically placed, the wetlands capture water run-off, slowly releasing the water back into the soil, whilst providing a safe haven for the multitude of bird species we are lucky to attract.
The Seaview Vineyard is planted with a wide range of varieties which include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and three more varieties unusual to the region; Viognier, Grüner Veltliner (originating from Austria) and Tempranillo (Spain).