The Mercury Bay's rugged coastline covers some 20km of the eastern Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. The vineyard, took its original name from one of the landmarks in the area. The Cooks Beach area provides a perfectly suited environment for our grapes - we are protected from the prevailing westerly weather by the ranges and our soil is well matched to growing Pinot Noir grapes.
Coney Wines, established in Martinborough in 1996 with the long-handled spade, is operated, hands on, by ex-city dwellers Tim and Margaret Coney. Tim does the viticulture, daughter Lisa the winemaking and Margaret is the food loving chef at their thriving Trio Café.
The Coney guiding principle of small is beautiful means modest volumes of each of their wines – Pinot Noir, Syrah, Pinot Gris, 3 rieslings and Ramblin” Rosé.
The treble clef adorning Coney wine bottle labels denotes the happy harmony people experience when they drink Coney Wines. As a bonus there is an edgy poem on each back label.
Please note, Coney Wines is closed August & September each year. maui Winery havens are not available over these months.
Bannockburn, home to Carrick wines is found deep in the southern interior of the South Island of New Zealand in the wine region of Central Otago. Nestled at the southern end of one of the broad glacial river valleys surrounded by the Cairnmuir and Carrick mountain ranges, Bannockburn enjoys a continental climate with low rainfall and high sunshine hours. The long cool autumns with their warm days and cool nights create ideal conditions for the production of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Other grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris also thrive in Central Otago's microclimate.
1. What differentiates your vineyard to others in the region?
Carrick is distinctive from other vineyards in a number of ways. It is one of the oldest vineyards in the region, and as such Carrick is one of the pioneering wineries in Bannockburn. It is organic, having been certified organic through BioGroNZ since 2008. With our emphasis on place in the Bannockburn sub-region, we endeavour to produce wine that reflects our terroir, and through our restaurant provide meals which match our wines.
2. What’s your most popular wine?
Pinot Noir is our focus, with the Bannockburn Pinot Noir being our flagship wine. Our recent years we have found that Chardonnay is rapidly becoming our most popular white wine.
3. What’s your favourite wine to produce?
We make 2 Chardonnays, which we love producing. The Bannockburn Chardonnay is fermented and aged in barrel for about 12 months, with the Cairnmuir Terraces EBM having 18 months in barrel.
4. Does your vineyard have a restaurant? What style is it?
The restaurant is an integral part of Carrick. We are a lunch time restaurant, focusing on seasonal, local produce. The menu changes with each season.
5. Your must-do's in the area?
There are a number of interesting things to do locally. For anyone wanting a short walk the Bannockburn diggings walk, situated in nearby Felton Road is an interesting trip into the goldmining history of the area. Old Cromwell Town has a number of interesting artists in residence, cafes, and craft outlets. The Cromwell Farmers Market at Old Cromwell is open on Sunday mornings during the summer months. The Cromwell Golf Course is an interesting 18 hole course, the covered swimming pool provides year round swimming and Lake Dunstan adjacent to Carrick is a popular recreational amenity.