Dayvinleigh the business
Dayvinleigh is a business of many parts ... a vineyard producing quality Pinot Noir, a thriving tourism marketing and PR consultancy, and a reliable vineyard contracting service. Situated on the banks of the Wairau River,...
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Dayvinleigh Limited 2278 State Highway 63, RD1, Blenheim 7271 Ph: +64 3 577 9760 Kevin Johnston Vineyard Manager, Fix-it chap, Commander of Home Affairs Ph: +64 21 272 8887 Email: kevin@dayvinleigh.co.nz Tracy Johnston The List...
The latest in the vineyard
The pace at which these vines grow each year is astounding.  Just like Christmas it seems that each season comes around more quickly than the next. Spring is when the vines burst into life, small...
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Dayvinleigh Limited 2278 State Highway 63, RD1, Blenheim 7271 Ph: +64 3 577 9760 Kevin Johnston Vineyard Manager, Fix-it chap, Commander of Home Affairs Ph: +64 21 272 8887 Email: kevin@dayvinleigh.co.nz Tracy Johnston The List...

Dayvinleigh the business

Dayvinleigh is a business of many parts … a vineyard producing quality Pinot Noir, a thriving tourism marketing and PR consultancy, and a reliable vineyard contracting service.

Situated on the banks of the Wairau River, Dayvinleigh is home to Johnston clan.The company was created in 2002. The name Dayvinleigh comes from a blending of our first and middle names, Kevin David and Tracy Leigh.

Our aim for the business is “To be leading a successful business venture growing and creating things that convey our passion and pride for the land we call home.”

We plan to get there by…

  • Channelling our energies, skills and expertise into creating a rewarding and enriching lifestyle for ourselves and that will inspire others.
  • To be recognised by our customers and business peers as being reputable business people creating high quality products with a reputation for treating everyone and everything with integrity and respect.
  • Continuously challenging ourselves to push the business forward to achieve financial success and emotional reward.

We invite you to follow our progress, learnings and achievements as we build the business and create a home on the 55 acres called Dayvinleigh.

Dayvinleigh Vineyard makes Sooke newspaper
My how times flies... I have just come across this clipping sent from our Johnston relatives living on Vancouver Island from when they visited here...
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Pinot Harvest part 4, Clarke Estate 2017 and beyond
We have once again teamed up with a family owned and operated wine company.  Clarke Estate grow Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling grapes in...
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Pinot harvest part 3, 2015 – 2016
Pinot harvest part 3, 2015 – 2016
The 2015 and 2016 harvests were trucked off to the mighty Villa Maria who added it to their Marlborough Pinot Noir Private Bin label.
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BRONZE MEDAL – 2016 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards
BRONZE MEDAL – 2016 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards
Dayvinleigh Vineyard entered the 2014 Bird Wines Big Barrel Pinot Noir into the 2016 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards. The objective of the Bragato Wine Awards...
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Pinot harvest part 2, Bird Wines 2012 – 2014
Our dream come true, working with a winemaker to produce fruit for a single vineyard label. Steve Bird, owner of Bird Wines turned our fruit...
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Pinot harvest part 1, 2007 – 2011
We share a lot of news about what happens in the vineyard and it occured to us that we haven't documented what happens after the...
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About the Vineyard

Dayvinleigh Vineyard exclusively grows Pinot Noir.

There is a total planted area of 4 hectares.

Row spacing of 2 metres and plant spacing 1.5m takes the total plants per hectare to 3333.

Frost protection is delivered through post top Dan Flippers which distribute water that freezes over the new shoots in spring to protect them from sub-zero temperatures.

Block 1 covering 2.7 hectares was first harvested in 2007.

Block 2 covering 1.3 hectares was first harvested in 2011.

Primarily the block is made up of Pinot Noir clones B115 and UCD 5 supported by small pockets of 667, 777, UCD 6, B114 and DRC Able on root stock of 3309 and Riparia Gloire.

Trellising has traditionally been 2 cane VSP. In 2012 Block 1 was converted to spur prune.

The block consists of a hill 180m wide and some 280m long. The block angles northwest, the hill sloping north, the rows run about 5° NNE.

Climate and weather patterns are very similar to Blenheim proper however the diurnal fluctuation is significantly higher this far up the valley. We have recorded temperatures as low as -6degC in the winter and +35degC in the summer.

We recognise the importance of managing the vineyard in a way that minimises the impact on the environment and have been an accredited vineyard with the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) programme since 2008. For more on SWNZ visit http://wineinf.nzwine.com/swnzabout.asp

Dayvinleigh Vineyard makes Sooke newspaper
My how times flies... I have just come across this clipping sent from our Johnston relatives living on Vancouver Island from when they visited here...
Read More
Pinot Harvest part 4, Clarke Estate 2017 and beyond
We have once again teamed up with a family owned and operated wine company.  Clarke Estate grow Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling grapes in...
Read More
Pinot harvest part 3, 2015 – 2016
Pinot harvest part 3, 2015 – 2016
The 2015 and 2016 harvests were trucked off to the mighty Villa Maria who added it to their Marlborough Pinot Noir Private Bin label.
Read More
BRONZE MEDAL – 2016 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards
BRONZE MEDAL – 2016 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards
Dayvinleigh Vineyard entered the 2014 Bird Wines Big Barrel Pinot Noir into the 2016 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards. The objective of the Bragato Wine Awards...
Read More
Pinot harvest part 2, Bird Wines 2012 – 2014
Our dream come true, working with a winemaker to produce fruit for a single vineyard label. Steve Bird, owner of Bird Wines turned our fruit...
Read More
Pinot harvest part 1, 2007 – 2011
We share a lot of news about what happens in the vineyard and it occured to us that we haven't documented what happens after the...
Read More
Twas the week before Christmas …
Twas the week before Christmas …
Twas the week before Christmas, time to pimp up the house and unwrap the balls, scored at half price from Warehouse The 22 year old...
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Cute Ass
Cute Ass
I am a cute ass Just hang around looking good Hugo is my name.    
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About the Vineyard

Dayvinleigh Vineyard exclusively grows Pinot Noir.

There is a total planted area of 4 hectares.

Row spacing of 2 metres and plant spacing 1.5m takes the total plants per hectare to 3333.

Frost protection is delivered through post top Dan Flippers which distribute water that freezes over the new shoots in spring to protect them from sub-zero temperatures.

Block 1 covering 2.7 hectares was first harvested in 2007.

Block 2 covering 1.3 hectares was first harvested in 2011.

Primarily the block is made up of Pinot Noir clones B115 and UCD 5 supported by small pockets of 667, 777, UCD 6, B114 and DRC Able on root stock of 3309 and Riparia Gloire.

Trellising has traditionally been 2 cane VSP. In 2012 Block 1 was converted to spur prune.

The block consists of a hill 180m wide and some 280m long. The block angles northwest, the hill sloping north, the rows run about 5° NNE.

Climate and weather patterns are very similar to Blenheim proper however the diurnal fluctuation is significantly higher this far up the valley. We have recorded temperatures as low as -6degC in the winter and +35degC in the summer.

We recognise the importance of managing the vineyard in a way that minimises the impact on the environment and have been an accredited vineyard with the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) programme since 2008. For more on SWNZ visit http://wineinf.nzwine.com/swnzabout.asp

Dayvinleigh the business

Dayvinleigh is a business of many parts … a vineyard producing quality Pinot Noir, a thriving tourism marketing and PR consultancy, and a reliable vineyard contracting service.

Situated on the banks of the Wairau River, Dayvinleigh is home to Johnston clan.The company was created in 2002. The name Dayvinleigh comes from a blending of our first and middle names, Kevin David and Tracy Leigh.

Our aim for the business is “To be leading a successful business venture growing and creating things that convey our passion and pride for the land we call home.”

We plan to get there by…

  • Channelling our energies, skills and expertise into creating a rewarding and enriching lifestyle for ourselves and that will inspire others.
  • To be recognised by our customers and business peers as being reputable business people creating high quality products with a reputation for treating everyone and everything with integrity and respect.
  • Continuously challenging ourselves to push the business forward to achieve financial success and emotional reward.

We invite you to follow our progress, learnings and achievements as we build the business and create a home on the 55 acres called Dayvinleigh.

Contact Us

Dayvinleigh Limited

2278 State Highway 63, RD1, Blenheim 7271

Ph: +64 3 577 9760

Kevin Johnston

Vineyard Manager, Fix-it chap, Commander of Home Affairs

Ph: +64 21 272 8887

Email: kevin@dayvinleigh.co.nz

Tracy Johnston

The List Writer, Chief in Charge of the dosh, The Communicator

Ph: +64 21 749 368

Email: tracy@dayvinleigh.co.nz