Lightband Wines sources grapes from its owners vineyard (Mount Arthur) and a select group of neighboring Brightwater vineyards under the same vineyard management. All vineyards are fully accredited under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) program.

There has been an intention from the outset to optimise the quality of the grape on the vine through a combination of technology, craft and experience. In the mid 90’s a decision to convert a dairy farm into wine production began with the first plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. These varieties already had proven successful in other areas of the surrounding Waimea Plains and Moutere hills. It was thought that the free draining river flats between the Wairoa and Wai-iti rivers, coupled with the growing conditions of the area would produce grapes of exceptional quality.

Situated in one of the world’s most beautiful wine growing areas, the vineyards cover a variety of free draining gravel and alluvial soils characteristic of the river networks of the area. Viticulture practices focus on the individual demands of the soil and varieties across the vineyards. Early in the season, bunch selection ensures yields are kept within the capabilities of the vine to sustain high quality grapes. On-site management focuses on bringing the natural product to peak quality before harvest.

Mechanical and hand-tending practices are employed to ensure the vines’ characteristics are carefully preserved. Machine harvesting of the grapes guarantees rapid processing of the juice and optimum quality. Now the centre of the annual Brightwater Wine and Food festival our Brightwater vineyards form a spectacular back drop to this celebration of the quality and variety of good things grown and produced in a magnificent environment.

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