Kina Cliffs is owned and operated by Julie and Alistair Ashcroft. While we both grew up on New Zealand farms, our careers took us to various cities, both in New Zealand and overseas. In 2000 we purchased a block of land near Nelson, with the view of one day returning to live a more rural lifestyle. The land was a 4.5 hectare coastal block at Kina with elevated, north facing views over Tasman Bay and across to the Western Ranges.
In 2003 Julie "took a break" from HR Management and went back to school studying Viticulture. Hours in the classroom were supplemented with many hours on local vineyards, learning how to grow the best possible grapes, for the varieties that suit our Nelson coastal climate. In 2004 we planted Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and introduced Pinot Gris in 2009. Check out the Vineyad Development page to see how we setup and planted - with the help of many family and friends.
Alistair still works in Information Technology, but works in the practical and machinery sides of the vineyard still.
We believe that ‘great wine begins in the vineyard’ and our aim is to sustainably grow the highest quality grapes possible. The focus is on optimum soil condition, strong vine health and hand tending the vines to achieve a low yield of full-flavoured grapes. Close alignment with experienced local winemakers ensures the grapes are picked at optimal ripeness to create wines with complexity of flavour and texture.