They say Pinot Noir is the hardest grape to grow. But that didn't deter us, it just made the learning curve steeper.
When we bought the property the vineyard was in pretty bad shape. About a third of the plants had not survived, the weeds were out of control and the systems to water and protect the vines from frost were barely functioning.
In the first couple of years, we had some amazing help from friends and neighbours as we juggled commuting between Wellington and Marlborough and working day jobs to help fund this new enterprise.
Now working in the vineyard is Kevin's domain and those vines, well they are now producing award-winning wines.
The vines take up 20% of our land, we have matched that with land set aside for establishing a wetland.