Vynfields has a boutique 5.3 hectare vineyard on the celebrated Martinborough Terraces. The soils are free-draining with a thin layer of silt loam over old river gravels. The temperate climate has low rainfall, hot and dry summer days, and reliably dry autumns (with cool nights) which makes the Martinborough Terraces an ideal location for the cool climate grapes of Pinot Noir.
Vynfields was fully certified by BioGro NZ in 2006. Sprays and fertilizers used include, seaweed extracts, fish meal, sodium silicate, calcium.
To achieve the top quality, most activities are performed by hand:
The vines are cane pruned in winter time
Leaf plucking occurs in late spring to ensure exposure of the fruit and protection from fungal diseases
Fruit thinning, if necessary, is performed before veraison
Picking is done by hand with careful bunch and berry selection. The grapes are collected in small stackable baskets to avoid damaging the fruit
Winemaking practices use hand plunging, gravity transfer and minimum pumping