Regions and Vineyards
Toi Toi’s Vineyards and long-term grower partnerships reflect our desire to create distinctive, quality New Zealand wines from the regions in which they are most renowned, such as Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Central Otago Pinot Noir.
Our ability to grow quality grapes that make great wine is made possible with support from a team of people including Toi Toi Consultant Viticulturist, the much-respected Jeff Sinnott. Additionally, we have long standing relationships with a group of talented growers who work with us to provide their finest quality grapes for Toi Toi.
Undoubtedly New Zealand’s flagship wine region, Marlborough is the heartland for Toi Toi. This picturesque region at the top of the South Island, in combination with Sauvignon Blanc, put the country on the international wine stage. Consistently ranking as one of NZ’s sunniest and driest regions, it is the perfect place to grow grapes with depth of flavour and consequently, Marlborough is responsible for more than 75% of the country’s wine production.
Omaka Valley, Marlborough
Brookdale is Toi Toi’s spiritual home. This 28 hectare beauty in Marlborough’s Omaka Valley was our first vineyard and it remains our jewel. In 2007 the vineyard was planted with 45,000 Sauvignon Blanc vines and 10,000 Pinot Gris. At this time, a substantial dam was also constructed to ensure a constant supply of water in those drier months.
Located in a narrow valley with hills on the east, south and west means Brookdale is open to the north receiving full, all-day sun. This microclimate combined with the region’s reputed Marlborough “Southern Valley soil” creates intensely flavoured and aromatic grapes.
Loddon Lane Vineyard
Wairau Valley, Marlborough
One of Marlborough’s most spectacular vineyard sites, Loddon Lane is located next to the Wairau River. The imposing Mt Fishtail is visible everywhere on the property, with its winter show of spectacular snow covered peaks and then in summer, high dry plains emerge.
Loddon Lane soils are the unique terroir of the Wairau River plain, a mix of river silt and rocks. Loam deposited by the river is nutrient rich and provides the perfect environment for Sauvignon Blanc.
Sheltered from the worst of the wind, this 18 hectare vineyard was purchased in 2013, with additional vines being planted in the following years. Adjoining farmland has been acquired and by 2018 this spectacular vineyard will be in full production with 30 hectares of vines and a 1.5 hectare dam, to guarantee watering of those vines in summer months.
The remarkable Central Otago landscape of soaring snow-capped mountains and glittering rivers attracts visitors from far and wide who are captivated by the region’s natural beauty. As well its natural inspiration, Central Otago is renowned for some of the world’s best Pinot Noir.
Pisa, Central Otago
Central Otago is known to the world as the backdrop to Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth. Our Clutha Vineyard is located near the popular Lake Dunstan with Mt Pisa and its snow-capped peak majestically towering over the valley.
Originally planted in 2006, with eight hectares of a variety of Pinot Noir clones, the vineyard also has a hectare of Pinot Gris. Clutha is divided into two areas, the “Home Block” with utility shed and dam, and across the stream, the “Willow Block”. The vineyard's soils vary from the fertile Waenga silt-loam to the well drained Molyneux gravels, both unique to Central Otago.
The severity of the Central Otago climate, which has an annual temperature range from -8°C to 38°C and desert like conditions, make growing vines in this region a constant but worthwhile challenge.
Taking our inspiration from nature means we appreciate winemaking is a practise with its success tied to the environment. For this reason Toi Toi operates sustainably. We are committed to lessening our impact on the environment and manage this by adherence to Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Vineyards are also home to New Zealand’s flora and fauna and we want them to remain as healthy, living environments under our guardianship.