Kerr Farm Vineyard is located in the heart of the Kumeu grape growing region.
The 23 acres slope very gently to the north east and enjoy adequate rainfall with lots of sunshine.
We purchased the vineyard in 1989. Our interest in wine and grape growing was the driving force for us, we were particularly inspired by the potential offered by the Auckland region to produce wine with alternative varietal characters to those of other regions.
At first we concentrated on the bringing the vineyard up to date, we removed old hybrid vines and increased our plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Our Famous Blackbird, Pinotage, and Chardonnay. We also added Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah to our vineyard. Much of our crop is still produced from the mature original vines. We understand that our Pinotage vines are some of the very earliest to be established in New Zealand.
1995 was the first year of wine making for Kerr Farm Vineyard. We produced about 900 cases that year and since then have increased our production slowly and steadily to our current output of about 2000.
We decided our wine style should reflect the distinctive Kumeu regional influence and asked our winemaker to make Kerr Farm wines with a predominance of the varietal fruit characteristics. The Auckland area produces wine with somewhat more tropical flavours than other regions of the country.
We are very pleased to have Pinotage, we like to be able to offer something different from the most popular Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
We have been rewarded with medal success in New Zealands major wine competitions and also performed well in tasting and ratings in the most influential food and wine magazines.
Our label too, has created interest and won a gold medal for design and printing excellence in our national printing awards.
A few years ago we planted some wild flowers, mostly for aesthetic appeal. When an entomologist inspected our vineyard as part of an endeavour to establish a mix of wildflowers which would assist pest control, it became obvious that something interesting was happening. The flower plots were providing food and habitat for certain creatures which were predators for some of our vineyard pests. We have increased the wild flower plots and are delighted that something so good looking can be so beneficial as well.
We market our wine to specialist wine outlets as well as some restaurants, also by mail order and cellar door sales. As we are a small, boutique vineyard this situation allows us to know our customers personally and we feel this is very appropriate for a product such as wine. Most wine drinkers like to swap chat about wine and food.
Come and visit us soon for a personelized wine tasting.
Cheers Jaison and Wendy