Hanson winery: on the old river terraces
After a long search for the perfect piece of land, Mike and Margaret Hanson found the present day’s Hanson winery in 1996. They initially planned to buy five acres of the land but fell in love with the thirty, situated on the old river terraces of the Ruakokapatuna River.
Originally planned to cultivate olives only, the area was planted with olives and grapes as per the suggestion of Martinborough winemaking pioneer and neighbour Bill Brink
Today the winery is home to more than 6000 vines and 1100 olive trees.
Following sustainable production principles
Small quantities of rich flavoured grapes and high-quality olive oil are produced from this estate. The vines are grown in favourable low-frost climate. The vineyards have been grown with sustainable winegrowing principles from the start and now a transitional organic approach which has helped to nurture and bring out the best in this terroir.
Small but high-quality quantities
It produces small quantities of intensely flavoured grapes and top-quality olive oil off the elevated and stony soils. The Canoes to the east and Birch Hill to the south provide idyllic views and shelter for the vines while creating a favourable low-frost climate. The application of sustainable winegrowing principles from the start, and now a transition to an organic approach, has helped to nurture and bring out the best in this terroir.
The couple Mike and Margaret along with the viticulturist Nigel Elder have wonderfully maintained the winery, vineyard and produce wine of the classification Te Muna. In the vineyards, we can find the grape varietals like the Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris. These varieties are then used to make red, white, rose and dessert wines.