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Originally planting the vineyard in traditional French varieties, Heron’s Flight gained a reputation early on for making exceptional wines – and won a Gold Medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards for their very first vintage, a 1991 Cabernet.
In the mid 1990’s, David and Mary began to experiment with Italian grape varieties, and planted trial blocks of Sangiovese - most famously grown in Tuscany - and Dolcetto, which is widely grown in the Piedmont region of Northwest Italy. These grapes did particularly well on Heron’s Flight’s north facing slopes, and so the decision was made to re-plant the entire vineyard, and concentrate on these two Italian red grapes. Heron’s Flight is now, to our knowledge, the only vineyard in New Zealand specialising entirely in Italian grapes. The Sangiovese in particular has gained a cult following around New Zealand.
Mary and David have a long history of experimenting and innovating with their vineyard – from the way in which the grapevines are trained, to the unusual grape varieties grown, as well as the wide range of home grown products released under the Heron’s Flight label. Over the years Heron’s Flight has released Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, Grape Jelly and Quince Ratafia (Liqueur) to name just a few of the products made with ingredients grown on the vineyard. It is this experimentation that led to the creation of Heron’s Flight Grape Juice in 2004, and it has been popular ever since!View products by Heron's Flight