Located on the Beautiful Island Of Waiheke, We Are A World Renowned Cabernet-Blend Winegrower
Wine is romantic and spiritual. It is also artistic. Most farming is about cropping; we're actually farming for flavour.
Stephen White, Owner & Founder of Stonyridge
Stonyridge Vineyard is the ongoing dream of owner Stephen White. In 1981 Stephen returned to New Zealand after sailing a Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, skippering yachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, and working at wineries in France, California and Italy. It was during this 3-year adventure that Stephen came to love the culture and lifestyle of the Mediterranean and the great red wines of France, Tuscany and California.
After extensive climatic research Stonyridge was discovered as the ideal site to ripen and produce a world class Bordeaux style red wine. The first Bordeaux vines and olive trees were planted in 1982 with the help of close friends and family. In 1984 Stephen returned to Bordeaux for a final training period and completed a vintage at Chateau d’Angludet, Cantenac-Margaux under the tutelage of Peter Sichel. Stephen produced the first vintage at Stonyridge Vineyard in 1985. Two years later, he made the great 1987 Larose that rocketed Stonyridge to national fame, and attracted international attention – a wine hailed as the greatest red wine ever made in New Zealand.
Today Stonyridge is referred to as “One of the Top Ten Must Visit Wineries in the World” Guardian UK and most recently topped the list for the best Cabernet Merlot in The Age/ Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide 2013. The Stonyridge Larose 2010 scored 97 points to make it the highest equal scoring red wine in 2013 and finished ahead of all of Australia’s most iconic Cabernet Merlots!
Stonyridge Larose is the favourite of our own Prime Minister, The Right Honorable John Key and has been enjoyed by King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain and Queen Elizabeth II, and is sold at some of the world’s best restaurants including Madrid’s top Restaurant Viridiana.
We Are Located At The Same Relative Latitude As The Southern Tip Of Sicily. Stonyridge Is Located In A Gently North-Facing Valley, 1 km From Both Onetangi Beach to the North And Putiki Bay to the South. It is Sheltered From The Cold Southwesterly Winds By Stonyridge, A long Ridge Running From One Coast To the other, A Nearby Rock Quarry Give an Indication Of the Soil Type. The Soil is a poor Low-Fertility Waitemata Clay Saturated With Nodules Of Magnesium, Manganese, And Iron Oxides.
I Have Seen Many New World Attempts To Emulate The Bordeaux Method Of Growing Grapes, None More Convincing Than That Of Stephen White At Stonyridge... A Vertical Tasting Did No More Than Confirm My View That Stephen White Is Making New Zealand's Finest Cabernet-Based Red Wines.
James Halliday, Wine Atlas Of Australia And NZ