The Bond Road vineyard continues a proud pioneering tradition of growing and making wine in the Gisborne region.
Our Great Uncle Antonio first planted his Capri Vineyards during the early 1950's, and the family passion for wine continues to this day.
The first vintage of the current Bond Block wines was in 2016 and the wine is mostly estate grown and made in Gisborne by our winemaker John Thorpe.
The Bond road vineyard was originally established and planted by Joe Corban in 1968 and 1969. Prior to that it was a dairy farm.
The vines row width was particularly chosen to be 3.3m (10 feet 10 inches) so that trucks could be driven between the rows to hand pick the grapes directly onto the trucks for carriage to the winery.
We find a great advantage today using the wide rows as it gives more wind flow through the block, more sunshine for the grapes and less problems with some of the negative aspects of grape wine growing.
The only way to make great wine is to grow great grapes...
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