The name Pond Paddock was given to the block years before the first owner bought the property. At the back of the property, against the hill, there are a pond and stream. The locals thought that this name acknowledged the history of the land.
In 1999, the original owners, Jeff Barber and Christine Barnett, chose to develop the Pond Paddock vineyard in Te Muna Valley, Martinborough.
Between 2000 and 2013 they worked hard to create one of the best Pinot Noir of Martinborough.
Te Muna Valley
Nestled in the Te Muna Valley, which translates to "special or secret place" in te reo Maori, Pond Paddock Vineyard lies 7 kilometers east of Martinborough.
With an yearly average daily temperature of 17.7°C, the valley enjoys a temperate climate, along with hot summer days and cooler nights, making it ideal for grape growing. The soil is a combination of sand, silt and clay, and is alluvial in origin, with the vineyard situated atop Martinborough Terrace. These special characteristics add to the uniqueness of Te Muna Valley wines.
We strongly believe that "the character of quality wine begins in the vineyard". We put a great deal of effort into the management of our vineyard with the aim of producing the best possible fruit in an efficient and sustainable way. All of Pond Paddock's vineyard work is done by hand: from pruning to harvesting.
As a family we are passionate about sustainability in our viticulture. Our motto is: "act responsibly for future generations". Our goal is to apply best practice principles in environmental management to enhance sustainable business activities and products.
For us, it is important to reduce the environmental footprint of our activity as well as to live on a piece of land where harmful chemicals are not used or accumulating.
In August 2013, Daniele Alemagna, seduced by the idyllic landscape of the Te Muna valley, decided to buy this beautiful established vineyard. He was determined to combine his passion and commitment. His aim was also to introduce to his children his strong work ethic and passion for the land. Indeed, the vineyard exists for the next generation.
Simone, a young Italian winemaker and viticulturist from Piedmont north-west Italy, decided in 2012 after his studies, to travel and discover a new wine world. He worked for different wineries in Wairarapa and has been involved with Daniele in the project of Pond Paddock. He daily manages the vineyard where the wine is made with passion.
Pre Production Monitoring
At Pond Paddock, we dedicate ourselves heart and soul to our land and craft. Work, rigor, patience and savoir-faire are keys to making Pond Paddock’s wines.
The care and maintenance of the vineyard is essential to ensure healthy, fine fruit-bearing vines and long life to the plant. It is a year-round task and each vine is touched by our hands several times during the seasons.
This is the time when we celebrate all the work that has been done in the vineyard over the year.
Our winemaker will check the sugar levels of the fruit as well as its flavors. Timing is everything, and once the fruit is at its best we pick the grapes gently by hand.
Our winemaker at our winery diligently works with the grapes to produce an excellent wine. By utilizing a classic wine-making method, we take advantage of what the harvest season has to offer to achieve the utmost outcome from the grapes.
It is our conviction that the different facets of wine-making are revealed in the individual character of each bottle of wine.