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Gisborne is located north of Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island and has earned the reputation as the Chardonnay capital of New Zealand.  Thornbury’s Gisborne vineyards are situated on an elevated, north facing slope where they can enjoy all day sun. Their elevated position exposes the vines to a gentle sea breeze which ensures that fruit is kept clean, dry and disease free. Several Chardonnay clones have been planted, providing  Simon  with a wide variety of blending options to create a unique and complex wine.

As the first city in the world to see the light each day, Gisborne prides itself on its reputation as one of the country's most pristine and sunniest regions. Naturally there's a focus on the great outdoors and beaches but there's also a thriving arts and crafts scene.

To find out more about Gisborne
— www.gisbornenz.com

Hawkes Bay experiences a more moderate climate compared to other grape growing areas in New Zealand. Warm days, coolish nights and a gentle sea breeze make it ideal for the ripening of red grape varieties. We source our grapes predominately from the world renowned Gimblett Gravels region and its surrounding area in Hawkes Bay.

Hawkes Bay is known as “Wine Country”, home to many of New Zealand's oldest and most highly-regarded wineries the Hawkes Bay wine trail is a must do. While in Napier or Hastings, have a look at the 1930s Art Deco architecture which gives the region a distinct character. Or head to the Hawkes Bay Farmers' Market and shop for some local produce. Te Mata Peak and Cape Kidnappers are also great sightseeing destinations. Cape Kidnappers is the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.

To find out more about Hawkes Bay
— www.hawkesbaynz.com

Marlborough is New Zealand’s flagship winegrowing region. It is blessed with a cool climate as well as long, warm summer days and free-draining soils. The grapes for our Thornbury Sav are selected from across the two key areas: the Wairau and Awatere valleys.

A great way to experience the beautiful Marlborough wine region is to do a wine tour by bike. You can hire bikes with bottle carriers and organise accommodation pick-up and drop-off. Some other great places to visit are the Marlborough Sounds, Picton and the spectacular Queen Charlotte walking track.

To find out more about Marlborough
— www.lovemarlborough.co.nz

Waipara is situated in North Canterbury, only 40 minutes drive north of Christchurch. Not far from the sea and sheltered from the mountains to the west, this region has warm days and cool nights. Thornbury's vineyards are north facing with a moderately sloping terrain — ideal for trapping the sun, resulting in wines with intense ripe flavours while retaining good natural acidity.

There are a raft of great things to do in the Canterbury region. Visit the seaside township of Kaikoura and go whale watching and see giant sperm whales, dolphins and seals. Don't miss Nin's Bin iconic caravan on the waterfront and grab a whole crayfish — just perfect with our delicious Thornbury Pinot Gris! Or relax and unwind in luxury at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa where you can soak in a stunning natural environment or enjoy being pampered with a massage.

To find out more about the Canterbury region and Christchurch
— www.christchurchnz.com

The most continental climate of New Zealand’s wine regions, Central Otago enjoys hot days and cool nights. Although short, the growing season is extremely intense; hot summer days, and low rainfall mean the vineyards are dependent on careful irrigation. The vineyards we are sourcing our grapes from are planted with a variety of Pinot Noir clones, leaving us with a Pinot Noir which  is very distinctive in style and layered with complexity.

Walking, cycling or horse riding the Otago Central Rail Trail is a great way to see the dramatic landscapes of this part of the  country. The Rail Trail is a 150km long old railway route, between Clyde and Middlemarch. In the winter give snowboarding a try or stay indoors and check out the talents of local artists in the galleries and craft shops throughout the region.

To find out more about Central Otago
— www.centralotagonz.com

Thornbury
& The Winemaker

Here at Thornbury we make wines that are first and foremost enjoyable to drink; wines that go well with food and wines that simply celebrate life.

We created a range of premium and easy drinking wines by simply matching New Zealand’s favourite grape varieties with our iconic wine regions. The image of the dancing piper which adorns our bottles is Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine; he represents the fun and expressive character that epitomises our wine.

Simon Fell

Simon has been crafting Thornbury wines since 2006 and is a pretty talented guy. Intrepid by nature, with a passion for wine, Simon’s career has taken him around the world. Having worked vintages in Central Otago, Oregon, Bordeaux and Western Australia, Simon returned to the North Island to add a Wine Science Diploma to his Bachelor of Science. From here Simon took up a position at Esk Valley Estate before heading off internationally, working in the Gers region of France and onto Chile and the Napa Valley, California, where he was the winemaker for boutique winery DiLoreto Cellars. Simon returned to New Zealand in 2003 to work for Vidal Wines before taking the helm at Thornbury. Simon’s innovation and enthusiasm to produce quality wines with expressive characteristics is what makes Thornbury wines so enjoyable.

“The opportunity to produce premium wines from each of New Zealand’s key wine growing regions is extremely exciting. It’s great to work closely with the viticulture teams in each region to ensure our wines express their unique sense of place.”

 

Winemaker, Simon Fell

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