The perfectionist proprietor, oenologist Hans Herzog, is fanatical about the quality of his wines. He left a successful winery in Switzerland in pursuit of his dream to make wine to compete with the worlds best. He is committed to a non-interventional approach producing authentic, unprocessed and fully natural wines. His elegant handcrafted wines express the integrity of the vineyard, varietal and vintage character and the experience of over 30 years.
Nestled in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealands premier wine region, with the most sunshine hours in the country. Within this region, the unique microclimate next to the Wairau River, which is protected from frost, is particularly renowned. The vines reach deep into the stoney, free draining soil and bask in an abundance of dry, warm weather. The river stones gently release their heat after the sun has set. All this helps to promote the ideal ripening of the grapes. The high-density planted 10ha Herzog Vineyard utiliese environmentally sustainable vineyard management practices for a low yielding crop of exceptionally concentrated fruit. Once the fruit has achieved its optimum sugar, flavour and acid level, all grapes are carefully hand-picked into small bins and quickly taken to the nearby winery.