Point Bush Estates
Point Bush Estates is a boutique family owned B&B (Te Kiteroa Lodge), vineyard, winery, Cellar Door and Restaurant (Vines) dedicated to excellence in winegrowing for high quality wine production. The vineyard is located on the east side of the Waimate hills with a north and easterly aspect. The Te Kiteroa area has excellent drainage off the ridge which creates a frost-free micro-climate. Plantings comprise Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. The fully equipped Winery processes the hand picked fruit using our "paddock to palate" quality statement.
Biodiversity becomes challenged after centuries of grazing so our first challenge when we purchased the property in 1987 was land use. The lower frost free slopes were ideal for winegrowing, the steeper slopes trending native and exotic forestry. A walkway winds up through the gulley through remnant totaras and large Kahikiteas so a biodiversity plan was hatched. To ensure a localised biodiversity a nursery was engaged to propogate natives off the site to then be replanted back as seedlings. 25000 natives were planted along the lower slopes of the Waimate Walkway route and seed bombs fired by tennis racket up… Continue reading →
Our forestry planting was undertaken in 1987 as an investment but also to establish effective ground cover of steep, gorse prone slopes. Our Government subsequently committed our forethought into Kyoto committment and now we are classified as a pre-1990 ETS forest with carbon sequestration vested in 60 hectares of exotic forest and 40 hectares of regenerated native forest. Continue reading →
Winery and Vineyard waste are a perrenial disposal problem encountered by all. Our solution is based on a waste not want not principle. Our vineyard prunings are mulched and returned undervine as compost. Winery waste, e.g. grape marc, lees, pressings, et al, are all composted and returned to the vineyard as undervine feriliser. Terroir seems to be the better for it. Continue reading →
Over thenext two years will see the alternate row planting of a herbal ley to replace the existing mid-row grass sward. The chicory and buck-wheat mining down for nitrogen fixing and opening the soil structure. The Phacellia attracting the parasitics. We are at war. Net result being better wine. Continue reading →
Our well is not often used these days. One day in the last three years. We collect rainwater off the winery roof and store in underground tanks for use in the winery as washdown. Tested every year and pure as the driven snow. Moves are afoot to fence off the nearby wetland area and regenerate the cover under guidance from Fish and Game. Plan to plant the gulley margins and riparian strips in native cover. Our mojo to make ecological improvements supported through vineyard sustainability initiatives and our environmental footprint minimised to the extent. Continue reading →