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.