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StoneCutter Vineyard & Winery are located in Martinborough, just outside of Wellington, at the base of the North Island. The Wairarapa is one of New Zealand’s most highly acclaimed winemaking regions, producing world-renowned Pinot Noir.
The StoneCutter Winery Block of around seven acres is planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Merlot, with small quantities of Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Albariño vines.
StoneCutter is situated on the Martinborough Terrace, whose free-draining gravels provide the foundation for incredible wine. The lofty Rimutaka and Tararua Ranges to the west keep the region dry, while long, hot summers, cool nights and frosty winters heat and cool the ground, releasing minerals into the soil.
Stiff breezes and low humidity keep the vines healthy, while the unique Martinborough climate slowly builds the complex structures needed to create distinctive pinots and aromatic whites.
Originally planted in 1995, the first StoneCutter vintage in 1999 indicated a special terroir, with wines of superior flavour. Fifteen vintages later and this superb vineyard has continued to produce wines of excellent quality.
Hygge Limited, owned by Anthony Olsen, took ownership of StoneCutter in July 2015. Anthony continues the tradition of producing outstanding wines with a commitment to sustainability, and has recently released his first vintage of Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Merlot Rose wines.
You’ll find most of our wines have Maori names that reflect the local landscape. The Kaiwaiwai Sauvignon Blanc refers to the place Anthony’s Danish great grandparents settled when they arrived in the Wairarapa. The Kakakura Merlot Rose bears the kakabeak flower on its label, along with one of the ten pairs of fantails that follow Anthony around the vineyard. And our Kowhai Gewürztraminer is named for the kowhai trees that greet you at the gate as you arrive at StoneCutter Vineyard & Winery.
Anthony looks forward to welcoming you at StoneCutter’s recently re-opened Cellar Door for wine tastings and vineyard tours.