Meet Steve from Doctors Flat in Central Otago

Steve Davies is a busy man. He is a farmer as well as winemaker and owner of Doctors Flat Vineyard in Bannockburn, Central Otago. 

Let’s find out more about this hands on grower and maker of Central Otago Pinot.

Care for the soil, grow grapes, make wine. Find people who’d like to drink the wine.

Number of years in the wine industry:
27 years.

First Job:
Chateau Senejac in Bordeaux 1988.

If you were a wine, what wine would you be?

Doctors Flat Harvest

What would you do if you wouldn’t be a winemaker?
Design, make and/or grow stuff. Architect, engineer or maybe the guy building things at the engineering shop.

Why did you decide to work in the wine industry?
It fitted in between winter’s working and skiing.

Wine & dine, what’s your favourite match?
Recently, enjoyed a South African Chenin Blanc and crayfish. It was a beautiful pairing.

Share a fact about your winery that only a few know:
I do everything. From farming, caring for the vineyard to harvesting with a few helpers to making the wine myself.

Hidden gems and favourite spots in your region:
Mountain biking in Alexandra, some of the best technical (threatening) biking I know of. The spot is called Mantangi Station. There’s no map or signs so it’s a locals’ only playground. Treble Cone, not so hidden but the best skiing and it needs local knowledge to find.

Doctors Flat Vineyard

Things you still want to do:
Eat, drink, travel, bike, ski, read, grow grapes, make wine. Everything and preferable with a friend or two.

Last book read:
The Consolations of Philosophy; Alain de Botton.

Advice on buying wine:
Ask…find an independent retailer, maybe a reviewer whose taste suit you, anyone who actually cares about finding wine you might like. And, tell them if you didn’t like their last suggestion. There’s lots of good and tasty wine at every price level we just need a bit of help finding it.

Learn more about Steve and Doctors Flat Vineyard here.


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