Petane Wines founder Philip Barber grew up in West Auckland on his parents Kumeu vineyard, learning how to grow the classics like Müller-Thurgau and Sylvaner from his dad. Philip then travelled around the world working in wineries and vineyards, gaining inspiration in particular from a vintage spent with Johannes Selbach from Selbach-Oster in Mosel Germany. He eventually returned home with big ideas and a commitment to growing sustainable, aromatic, dry farmed wines from his own land.
Since establishing Petane Wines in the sub region of Esk Valley, Hawke’s Bay in 2011, Philip and wife Sarah have built on Philips sustainable philosophy with a plan to convert the vineyard to organic, dry farmed vines, mentored by organic wine maker and grower, Hayden Penny.
The varieties grown include Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Chardonnay with further plantings planned this winter of Pinot Blanc and Gamay. Petane Wines celebrate vintage variation and allow the natural site to express itself in the finished wine. Thoughtful and labour intensive viticulture goes into tending the vines, to ensure the handpicked fruit arrives at the winery with minimal intervention required to the juice and wine.
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