Awatere Valley, New Zealand
The rugged, unspoiled Awatere Valley is no location for the faint of heart, yet its harsh conditions bring rare rewards for winemakers. The soil types and climate conspire to slow the ripening of grapes grown here, creating crisper, fresher wines with more intense fruit than in any other region of Marlborough.
Part of the Yealands family wine group since 2011, The Crossings has three distinct vineyard sites along the north bank of the Awatere River; Medway, planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, lies 26 kilometres from the coast in the heart of the valley, Willow Flat spreads across seven speciﬁcally planted terraces of Sauvignon Blanc, and Brackenﬁeld, at the mouth of the valley, where mild coastal influences create the ideal conditions for ripe fruit flavours in Sauvignon Blanc.
The Crossings love their wine and the land that helps produce it, so they do everything to guarantee they will be able to keep making wine here indefinitely. All three of their vineyards are fully accredited through the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme. The goal is to make sure nothing done now will have an effect that will detract from the land or the wine in the future.