The StoneCutter Story

The StoneCutter story is one of cultures intertwined, set in the renowned terroir of one of New Zealand’s foremost winemaking regions.

Vineyard owner Anthony Olsen traces his roots back to the Waitaha tribe - the first of the South Island Maori, who made their home in 'Te Waipounamu' - the waters of greenstone. He also has links to the hard-working and fun-loving people of Denmark, where his great grandparents emigrated from in 1874, before settling in New Zealand's Wairarapa region.

It is the fusion of these two cultures that is the heart of the StoneCutter philosophy - the craftsmanship and prestige embodied by the traditional Maori stone cutters, combined with the uniquely Danish concept of 'hygge'. Hygge (pronounced 'hue-gah') has no direct English translation, but encapsulates the idea of taking genuine pleasure in simple, everyday things, and of transforming the ordinary into a moment to remember.

Ahakoa he iti he pounamu
Although it is small, it is greenstone
(Maori proverb)


Just like the prized greenstone carvings of the Maori, StoneCutter produces small batches of carefully hand crafted wines, to be treasured and savoured.