Limegully is located in the Longbush Valley, a 12 minute drive east of Martinborough. Our home consists of 13-hectares of farm, vineyard and protected QEII reserve bordered by the Whangahau River. We are developing a self-sufficient farm where we combine agriculture with viticulture practises.
When the section was first purchased in 2003, it was merely a piece of land divided off a farm. Flash forward 13 years, the section is now a continuously developing self-sufficient farm and is the home of 2.7-acres of vines, 50 mixed varietal trees olive trees, a mixed orchard, a cider orchard, 30 sheep, 5 cows, 6 chicken and 2 ducks.
Our Vineyard is situated on the Longbush Lime Terrance, where we have planted Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The grapes are grown organically, optimising the potential of the vineyard soils. Our philosophy of winemaking is to make lowintervention, vintage wines.
James grew up in Martinborough and has worked in the wine industry for over 20 years, first as a viticulturist then moving also into winemaking. I (Barbara) joined James in 1992 and established a contracting business both servicing vineyards. In 1998 we both went to Murdoch James Estate and developed the vineyard from a small 15-acre block to a 50-acre block. Now, we operate a consulting business that specialises in vineyard management, olive grove management and contract winemaking.
Our soil type
The soil type in our area makes our wines special. Orthic Melanic Soils occur in soil materials with lime of high calcium contents. Melanic Soils have black or dark grey topsoils that are well structured. They occupy small areas scattered throughout New Zealand, in association with Lime-rich rocks or dark (basic) volcanic rocks and cover 1% of New Zealand