Our winemaking philosophy is to hand-craft wines with their own unique and individual “personality” that will capture the drinker’s imagination. To achieve this, we grow grapes in our own, carefully selected vineyards in the most desirable locations of New Zealand; Waiheke Island and Marlborough. Each vineyard is planted with varieties and clones ideally suited to that unique site and climate.
Our focus begins in our vineyards, which we closely manage and nurture to ensure we get the highest quality fruit, that expresses the characteristics of its terroir.
We invest in the very best, traditional techniques which we carefully deliver by hand, such as shoot thinning, leaf plucking and hand harvesting. All of these labour intensive and precise practices enable us to carefully control the yield of our vines, which elevates the quality.
We continue our traditional, authentic approach in the winery, where our white wines are whole bunch pressed; a method that we find produces incredibly delicate and aromatic juice.
Sometimes, depending on the vintage, we might try something a little different; for example, foot stomping our Viognier before pressing to develop exceptional texture and structure in the final wine. Our Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Rosé are fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures, to preserve their delicate fruit flavours. The Viognier is then run to French oak and acacia puncheons and barriques, where it rests on lees for a time, while the others mature in tanks. Our award-winning Chardonnay is barrel fermented in French oak puncheons and barriques, where it lives for about a year on lees to develop incredible complexity, before finally blending and bottling.
We have dedicated ourselves to producing expressive New Zealand wines, known for their subtlety, elegance and depth. Cable Bay takes an Old World approach and combines it with New World techniques – from shoot-thinning and green harvest in the vineyard, to hand-plunging, whole-bunch pressing and even foot-stomping in the winery.
We offer varietals that are perfectly suited to each well-renowned wine region and our estate-owned vineyards are closely managed to ensure that the highest quality fruit expresses the unique site it was grown in – an artistry that the very best winemakers strive to achieve.
We are an accredited member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and cherish our status as leaders in producing premium wine while using viticultural and winemaking practices that protect the environment.
In January 2007 we opened the doors to our stunning facility on Waiheke Island that includes the winery, cellar door, Verandah, function facilities and an award-winning dining room. Our own private art collection from acclaimed New Zealand artists is on permanent display and Cable Bay Vineyards became an established destination venue, cultivating an enviable reputation for our spectacular views, outstanding food and stunning wines, with an unrelenting focus on quality and service.
We have plenty to be proud of at Cable Bay Vineyards and can’t wait to share it with you.