St Pauli Vineyard is situated in the historic village of Sarau, Upper Moutere. It was planted 19 years ago with Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Every grape in St Pauli wine is grown by us.
We press, ferment and bottle our grapes locally using traditional methods. Each vintage is an expression of the weather and natural characteristics of the land.
Our grapes develop extraordinary flavours because Gareth prunes ruthlessly and has an uncompromising approach to quality.
With production at less than 5,000 cases we are enthusiastically "hands on" from vine to glass and are able to sell direct to specialist wine merchants and restaurants in
New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
PURE NEW ZEALAND
Robyn, Gareth and Victoria
I grew up in Nelson and after leaving school I did a big OE and then trained and worked as a midwife in the UK. Gareth and I met in the UK but decided to move to Nelson when we started our family.
I'm the vineyard's 'go-to person'. I look after our internet sales and the restaurants who stock our wine. When time permits, I enjoy spending time outside working with Gareth and I still to the occasional shift at Nelson Hospital.
I work full-time in the vineyard. It's hard physical work and fairly repetitive. I'm constantly watching the weather and planning ahead. Conditions change quickly and there's no room for complacency but the earth is good and aside from pruning and reducing the size of the crop everything is light touch. Backpackers from around the world help with winter pruning and picking but a lot of the time I'm on my own. Rows of healthy vines are incredibly satisfying but its a huge relief when the grapes are harvested and I can relax at the end of the season.
I look after the accounts and UK sales and am happy to do anything else that's needed.
After many years working in banking, fishing and transport, I'm really enjoying this.
I love the wine and the refreshing simplicity of our business plan.
Never compromise on quality. Manage costs sensibly. Value relationships. Have fun.
St Pauli Vineyard
The vineyard has a great location at the heart of Nelson's wine making area in the historic village of Sarau, Upper Moutere, Nelson.