Our Home of two places
A sub-region in the center of WairarapA, the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island.
The area is marked by flat plains dotted with dramatic cliffs carved out by the Ruamahanga River over the past thousands of years.
Martinborough only accounts for a mere 1% of New Zealand’s wine production, but its sunny days, cooler nights, dry climate, and mineral-laden rocky soils make it a premier location for growing world class Pinot Noir.
THE NORTH-EASTERN TIP OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, MARLBOROUGH IS NEW ZEALAND’S PREMIER SAUVIGNON BLANC GROWING REGIOn.
The region is comprised of two valleys, each with distinct, defining characteristics.
THE WAIRAU VALLEY
The larger of the two valleys and features gravelly river stone soil beds and warmer temperatures.
THE AWATERE VALLEY
The smaller of the two, with cooler daytime temperatures and vines planted on river terraces set along gentle rolling foothills.
– Sustainable Winegrowing –
Preserving our environment and the quality of our wine.
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) was established in 1997 to help the industry elevate their performance in environmental, social and economic sustainability issues. Today, the SWNZ sets standards for vineyards and wineries that help preserve the environment and increase the quality of our wines. The group also manages communications with the public on the evolution and impact of our industry.
All of our vineyards are sustainably farmed and OUR Winery is Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand certified.
- All estate vineyards used in Russian Jack wines are certified by SWNZ
- All winemaking and bottling plants are accredited by SWNZ
- Soil and vine tests are conducted by an independent expert who makes recommendations based on soil type and grape variety
- Cover crops are planted to attract beneficial insects as well as to encourage nitrogen and other nutrients in the soil
- Moisture in the soil is measured to determine the least amount of water necessary to sustain healthy vines
- Irrigation audits are performed regularly
Weed & Disease
- The Russian Jack team is trained in pest and disease monitoring protocols
- Mowers dispense clippings under the vines to enhance organic matter in the soil