For years, the rolling Awatere Valley foothills were regarded as unsuitable for grape growing. Falling in love with the land, we thought differently.
Working with nature
By working sympathetically with the natural contours across our uniquely folded landscape to optimise aspect to the sun, the rugged pastoral land was crafted into a sustainable vineyard known today as Seaview. Stretching from the foothills of the Kaikoura Ranges to undulating downs overlooking Cook Strait, Seaview Vineyard is the single largest privately owned vineyard in New Zealand.
We're always trialing new sustainability initiatives to leave the land better than we found it. We achieve this through a range of initiatives and on-going projects including developing wetlands and planting cover crops and wildflowers between the vine rows. To find out more click the link below.
David joined Yealands at the start of 2019 after many years at Constellation Wines where he was Vice President NZ Viticulture Operations. As Viticulture Manager he oversees the management and technical operations across all of our vineyards. David grew up in Hawke’s Bay region surrounded by vineyards and wineries that fascinated him from a young age. His love for the wine industry developed further during school holidays that were spent in the family vineyards of school friends earning extra pocket money, and from there it was a natural progression to studying for a Bachelor of Viticulture and Diploma in Winemaking at EIT and Charles Sturt University, respectively.
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