OUR HOME IS MARLBOROUGH
The Wairau Valley
The valley’s distinct soil variation, cool dry climate and diurnal temperature swings are responsible for producing the complex fruit flavours and brilliant structure synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
The Wairau Valley, referred to by the indigenous Maori tribe as “Kei puta te Wairau” or “the place with the hole in the cloud,” refers to the outstanding rain shelter in the valley. The majority of Marlborough’s extensive vineyard plantings are around Renwick, Blenheim, and Cloudy Bay.
The awatere valley
South of the Wairau Valley is the smaller Awatere Valley with vines planted on river terraces along gentle rolling hills stretching inland from the sea. Awatere Valley soils contribute to the distinct minerality found in our wines. A slight elevation combined with a cooler, windier climate deliver typical lower yielding vines resulting in bright acidity and distinctive fruit concentration.
Preserving our environment and the quality of our wine.
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) was established in 1997 to help the industry elevate their performance in environmental, social and economic sustainability issues. Today, the SWNZ sets standards for vineyards and wineries that help preserve the environment and increase the quality of our wines. The group also manages communications with the public on the evolution and impact of our industry.
WE HARVEST FRUIT FROM BOTH ESTATE AND GROWER VINEYARDS LOCATED IN MARLBOROUGH’S TWO MARQUEE REGIONS: THE AWATERE AND WAIRAU VALLEYS.
All of our vineyards are sustainably farmed and The Pass Winery is Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand certified.
- All estate vineyards used in The Pass wines are certified by SWNZ
- All winemaking and bottling plants are accredited by SWNZ
- Soil and vine tests are conducted by an independent expert who makes recommendations based on soil type and grape variety
- Cover crops are planted to attract beneficial insects as well as to encourage nitrogen and other nutrients in the soil
- Management -
- Moisture in the soil is measured to determine the least amount of water necessary to sustain healthy vines
- Irrigation audits are performed regularly
Weed & Disease
- Management -
- The Pass team is trained in pest and disease monitoring protocols
- Mowers dispense clippings under the vines to enhance organic matter in the soil