Three Miners Vineyard is situated in Earnscleugh Valley half way between Alexandra and Clyde in beautiful Central Otago.
Paul and Kirstin Wright bought the boutique 16.4ha vineyard in late 2014 as they were looking to begin a new chapter in their lives. With the help of viticulturist James Dicey and winemaker Pete Bartle the team produces a range of premium wines.
We caught up with them to find out more about their labour of love. Let’s get into it…
Who started the winery and when?
Three Miners Vineyard was established in 2000 by husband and wife team Jeff Price and Julie Mitchell. Planting was completed in 2008. We have a total of 16.5 ha planted (12.5 ha Pinot Noir, 2 ha Pinot Gris, 1 ha Gewürztraminer and 1 ha Riesling).
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What is the story behind the brand name?
In the 1860’s three men – Thomas Oliver, James Simmonds and Joseph Knowles formed a company to mine for gold on the border of the vineyard which goes down to the Clutha river. All our wines have names from the mining history of Central Otago.
Herringbone is the name of our Riesling. Rocks from gold mining by hand were stacked row after row in a herringbone pattern to direct the water to the head of a claim to soften the working face. The gravel and water would then be washed through a small channel to separate out the gold.
What’s your signature wine?
Pinot Noir and Riesling.
What makes your winery special?
Our location and our heart. Our site is particularly cold which makes our white wines crisp and fresh. We do more frost fighting than many other vineyards so when you are up at all hours of the night for 8-9 months of the year you have to love it.
What makes your region special?
The soil, climate and breath-taking scenery.
Most memorable winemaking moment
The very first time we went to VinPro and tried our 2015 vintage wines with winemaker Pete Bartle.
How is Alexandra different from the other sub-regions in Central Otago?
The climate, soils and environment are different in the different sub-regions in Central Otago.
Dogs: Gaston (boy, miniature schnauzer) and Willow (girl, miniature schnoodle) – they love to chase birds, bark at people and eat Pinot Noir grapes.
Funniest customer tasting story
“Our Pinot Noir smells like really good compost.”
Top 3 things to do in your region
Tasting wine, mountain biking, Clutha river cruising.
Our vintage parties are…
… organised by our viticulturist James Dicey who provides the labour for our harvest.
Person you would most want to share a glass of wine with?
Kirstin – my Dad, he died in 1998.