Like many small wineries, Neudorf Vineyards run on a great deal of hard work, good luck, and a lot of fun.
Their belief is that great wines come from the heart, as well as the head. Founders Tim and Judy Finn were self-admittedly fresh from the 'back to the land' movement of the late sixties when they set up Neudorf Vineyards, with the aim of making wines with integrity. In the years that followed, they experimented with different varieties to see which would work best in their soils around New Zealand's Nelson region, finding success in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both of which have propelled them to renown.
Organics are 'the very heart of Neudorf', and the winemaking team's desire to tread gently is reflected in every decision they make. All Neudorf Moutere blocks are now certified. But Neudorf's commitment to sustainability doesn't stop there: there are a number of green initiatives in place, from switching to lightweight bottles, to composting all winery and food waste, to using a flock of sheep to compost, mow and fertilise their vineyards. Most recently they have added solar panels to the North facing roof of their buildings, producing enough renewable energy to power the winery.
Today, Tim and Judy are taking a well-deserved step back, but are joined by their daughter Rosie, winemaker Todd Stevens, viticulturalist Stef Brockley and a small, dedicated team.