Greystone Wines was established by the Thomas family in 2004 on the limestone and clay slopes of Waipara in North Canterbury, New Zealand.
Chosen for its suitability to produce great Pinot Noir they hired ex-Penfolds Vineyard Manager Nick Gill to move here and establish 40 hectares of vines in single blocks across the total 150ha. Dom Maxwell, their winemaker, has also been with them right from the beginning and with Nick helped plant those first vines. Together they've won immediate accolades not only for their Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. In 2011 Dom Maxwell was awarded Winemaker of the Year by Winestate magazine and more recently Decanter magazine named it in the "Top 20 Wineries in New Zealand".
All grapes are estate grown, vinified and bottled so that the Greystone team can ensure complete control in every aspect of the winegrowing process. All the vineyards are certified sustainable and managed with an eye to ensuring great fruit across all blocks. The rolling slopes of Omihi allow them a mix of clay, limestone and greensands so each of the 9 separate blocks can express itself uniquely.
At the top slopes are planted their most prestigious blocks with Erin's Block for Chardonnay and Brothers Reserve for Pinot Noir.
Their 2012 Pinot Noir has won the Air New Zealand Trophy for Pinot Noir.