Carrick is an integrated organic vineyard, winery, restaurant and cellar door in Bannockburn Central Otago. Known for their quality premium Pinot Noir, Carrick also grows and makes Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc; wines noted for their fruit expression and clarity.
Steve Green, the owner-manager of Carrick, the viticulturist, the winemaker and the chef bring understanding and experience to making fine wine and food. This pride is reflected in the care of the vineyard and environment – Carrick has a flock of free range hens, giant compost heaps and a community garden, all part of the Carrick philosophy.
Sustainability is a concept that is much wider than the actual vineyard and winemaking practices. Sustainability impacts on the wider winery community embracing the social and economic context of the vineyard and winery. The work in vineyards, wineries and winery restaurants fluctuates seasonally. At vintage and pruning time the need for staff increases and our rural winery restaurant is very busy during the summer, with another surge in staff numbers during the ski season. Casual labour can be seen to be a cost effective way of managing vineyard and winery staffing requirements. Casualisation of the workforce may seem to make… Continue reading →
Autumn and the scarecrows have come to stay on Carrick vineyard! Along with all the concepts and practices of sustainability, Carrick sees itself as being part of the wider community in which it grows grapes and makes wine. Carrick is a substantial employer of local people, all of whom live with their families in our community. The Central Otago Winegrowers Association organised a school programme that aimed to help local children learn about grape growing and winemaking (an integral part of their community). This programme included vineyard and winery visits as well as a hands on component that involved the… Continue reading →