The 20 h.a. Ward Valley Estate vineyard was planted in 2008 from bare pasture land by Freddy Davison a 4th generation South Islander. Freddy searched for the perfect vineyard site around his home in the lower Awatere Valley and found a unique terroir in Ward.
The vineyard site was chosen as the soil structure is mainly clay based, with hard papa subsoil, gravels and clay loam. These denser, water retentive clay soils, combined with a cooler climate than the northern end of Marlborough made the site perfectly suited to growing Pinot Noir.
The long dry summer in Ward reduces pest and disease pressure while the hot 30 degree + days and cool nights allow balance in ripening process.