In 2000 the Thomas Family purchased an old sheep farm on the Omihi hills because of its amazing rolling limestone hills and began work to create the Greystone vineyards. From the outset there was one goal; to realise exceptional wines from the unique limestone terroir.
By 2004 with the help of Viticulturist Nick Gill they’d planted thirteen blocks across the Omihi slopes. Dom Maxwell became our winemaker and a team was formed in the pursuit of realising the potential of this exceptional site. The north facing limestone hills slope down to clay – the perfect combination for growing wines with minerality and concentration. In 2008 the first wine was produced from here and over the years Greystone has grown amid accolades and acclaim to be recognised as one of New Zealand’s best wineries.
Greystone is 100% certified organic with BioGro. They believe true fine wines are temporal, each vintage a fleeting snapshot of a place in time. Organic winegrowing relies on harnessing biodiversity and natural ecological cycles as an alternative to the use of synthetic and external inputs. It is a hands-on approach that means being intimately connected to the vineyard.
Raymond Chan, New Zealand Winery of the Year 2018: Greystone Wines
Gourmet Traveller, New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2018: Dom Maxwell
Decanter Magazine, Most Exciting Wines of 2017: 2016 Pinot Gris (ranked as best Pinot Gris and 20th overall out of 173 wines)