In late 1990, a young couple left Auckland to re-settle in a rural pocket of Nelson, encouragingly named ‘Hope’.
Swapping city for country life, Andrew and Jenny took on a four- hectare property determined to create something of their own. The vineyard had been partially established in the mid-70s by a pioneer amateur winemaker.
When we arrived the established vines and simple winery provided the opportunity to take our first steps into the world of winemaking. These were exciting times, challenging, hard work and full of promise. Nelson’s small group of established winemakers welcomed and encouraged us but even with their guidance we had to make our own mistakes. Immersed in our new way of life we were rapidly acquiring knowledge and experience and planning the way forward.
After several seasons we cut our losses, culling the heavy-cropping Muller Thurgau and green-edged Cabernet Sauvignon vines. This was progress. We bought the property next door and re-committed to promising Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. By the end of our first decade we had begun to garner some recognition for our wines. The industry was developing rapidly and interest in New Zealand wine offered new opportunities for growth into markets at home and off-shore.
Until the late 90’s we had nurtured the business alone but larger vineyards and production meant that it was time to build a small team around us. Extra hands to share the work and to bring new skills and experiences. These people are a huge part of our history and many remain friends today.
In 2008 we challenged ourselves again, committing to organics and beginning the conversion to full BioGro NZ certification. Hope is now home, and we want to protect the land that has tested, inspired and rewarded us. When nature thrives, so do we. The next vintage is always on the horizon, inspiring and testing. Almost 30 years years on, our craft remains as exciting and dynamic as ever.