Gladstone Vineyard's History
The Wairarapa is home to the first plantings of Pinot Noir in New Zealand, which dates back to the 1880s. Planted by William and Hermance Beetham, an English and French couple, who identified the environmental conditions and landscape as those similar to Burgundy gives good reason for our region to claim status as one of the world’s finest Pinot Noir producing areas.
The original owners of Gladstone Vineyard first started the vineyard as a hobby farm with a mere 2.7 hectares of vines planted to Sauvignon Blanc. In 1996, the property was then sold to the Kernohan family who tirelessly spent the next two decades crafting the wines whilst implementing sustainable vineyard practices to ensure premium grapes were yielded off the Home Block. In the early 2000s as the rigorous investment of time and resources started to reap rewards, the Kernohans commenced their expansion plans to satisfy the growing demand for Gladstone Vineyard wines by increasing the vineyard holdings of Pinot Noir and building a new winery.
In 2018, Eddie McDougall, 'The Flying Winemaker’, acquired Gladstone Vineyard with the view to write the next exciting chapter of this prestigious wine estate. Gladstone Vineyard now manages and collaborates with several premium vineyards and growers across the Wairarapa and Hawkes’ Bay; diversifying the estate’s portfolio of wines. In light of the expanding vineyard footprint, Gladstone Vineyard’s core vision remains to be one of the best producers of Pinot Noir in New Zealand.