Churton is a biodynamically farmed, organic (registered with Biogro NZ) vineyard situated in the southern hills of Marlborough. Producing Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir as well as small quantities of Viognier and Petit Manseng, Churton's core philosophy is New World wine tempered with Old World style. Winemaker & owner, Sam Weaver, takes advantage of the site's altitude (200m), clay based soils and superb north-east aspect to create wines that are approachable in youth but with a remarkable ability to age. These are wines of integrity that eloquently express their unique terroir and organic origins.
At Churton our approach has always been for minimal impact on the environment. The vineyard was planted in 2000 into the natural and long established pasture and we have never used insecticides or systemic sprays. As our experience and confidence has evolved we are progressively converting the vineyard to full organic certification (Biogro) in time for the 2014 vintage. We follow the principles of Biodynamics, which is a method of organic farming that emphasizes the holistic development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system. Continue reading →