ABOUT Hitchen Road Vineyard Pokeno new zealand
Road Vineyard was established in 1994 by Ken and Patricia
Graham to provide Ken, a cardiac surgeon, with a passionate
interest for "life after surgery".
Initially, all the viticulture work and wine making were
done under contract. We had various ups and downs, largely
due to the supply of virused plant material.
In 2002, Ken semi-retired. We rethought the whole project and with the
aid of a chain saw and good clean grafted plants, started again. The varieties
we chose to plant were Pinotage, Malbec, Dolcetto and Chardonnay. Our
next venture was to plant Montepulciano.
We are now at the stage where we hope to have small commercial crops
of Montepulcano and Sangiovese. Biking through and visiting
Italian Vineyards has meant our love affair with Italian
varities has continued to grow. I
think we must have brought back a bit of Italian sunshine
as these traditionally late ripening grapes ripen well for
us. Perhaps it is just that Pokeno
is the Italy of the South? We have
now removed the Malbec (even though it got Silver Medals)
and replaced it with Sangiovese.
Since the first small vintage from our replanted vineyard,
we have been proud of our results. Our wine has been entered in the completion
associated with the annual Romeo
Bragatto Conference. Each year we have received
medals. In 2011, we branched out and entered the
International Wine Show.