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 north facing 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. This makes Stonyridge the first commercial olive grove in New Zealand. When Cabernet Franc and Malbec were planted in 1983, it was the beginning of New Zealand’s first Bordeaux four blend.
In 1984 Stephen returned to Bordeaux for a final training period to collect Petit Verdot 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.
The 1993 vintage, Stonyridge made the first Bordeaux five blend in the new world. In 2000, an elite French sommelier team put Stonyridge Larose 1996 as first equal with Chateau Petrus, Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Cheval Blanc in Grandes vins rouge du Monde (Les Editions du Bottin Gourmand).
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 the former NZ Prime Minister, Sir John Key and has been enjoyed by King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Elizabeth II, the Russian President, the Prime Minister of Australia, and the Prime Minister of Great Britain, and has sold at some of the world’s best restaurants including Ducasse at the Dorchester in London and Viridiana in Madrid.
We value gratitude, welcoming smiles and making people happy.
Our purpose is to make guests and clients happy, by allowing ourselves to be authentic and then proudly delivering amazing quality fun service with a smile in a quirky Stonyridge way.
Be here now.
The time to be happy is NOW, the place to be happy is HERE, the way to be happy is to make someone else HAPPY.
We are very serious about what we do…but what we do is not very serious.
Under promise and over deliver.
Everything is a first world problem.
Be yourself, everyone else is taken. The authentic, loving and a little weird.
We value the unrelenting pursuit of excellence.
We embrace change, passionate work, adaptation and innovation in order to continually improve ourselves mentally, with the quality of everything we do, and physically, with healthy diet and exercise.
Quality over quantity.
Find a better way, everything we do can be improved.
Perfection is a journey, not a destination.
Service beyond the call of duty.
Take care of your body – it’s a temple of your spirit, and the only place you can live.
We value curiosity, education and self improvement.
We hire curious staff who think laterally and we create and inspiring in-house university teaching them life long valuable skills and then acknowledging and rewarding them.
Regularly say: “I made a mistake”, “I don’t know”, “I need help”.
Follow each one with “I won’t make that mistake again”, “I will find out”, “I will help you when you need help”.
Share your knowledge, train your team.
Learn something valuable every day.
THE TEAM IS FAMILY
We value a caring and supportive family workplace.
We build a positive, mindful, supportive environment, requiring honesty, encouraging honest communication, diversity and trust so that staff feel valued, are proud of what they do, love the people they work with, and regard this as the best job they ever had.
Look after each other, we are all in this together.
Publicly praise and privately discipline.
Admit mistakes and forgive others immediately.
No back biting…is it true, is it good, is it helpful? If not, don’t say it.
Before you speak, THINK – is it True, is it Helpful, is it Inspiring, is it Necessary, is it Kind.
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