Johnson Estate is the family owned vineyards that supplies fruit to both the Spy Valley and Envoy ranges of wines.
Over 400 acres of vineyards are sited in the lower Waihopai Valley on the terraces of the Omaka River and the Wairau Valley.
Predominantly flat, three distinct land types are encountered, each subject to their own microclimatic influences.
1. Johnson Estate - Combination of very young, stony free draining lower riverside terraces and older terraces with deeper topsoils, higher clay content with underlying river gravels.
2. Outpost - Omaka Valley - north facing hill slopes with deep loess soils.
3. Area H - lower Wairau Valley - river flood plain with extremely variable soils from stony river wash to fine, deep alluvium seams.
With vines planted from 1993, Johnson Estate is established and consistent in its production of quality fruit for Spy Valley Wines.
With careful and prudent management and an expert empathetic understanding of site and climate, Johnson Estate is regarded as one of Marlborough's finest cool climate vineyards.
Viticultural practices determine to a large extent the quality of fruit grown.
Johnson Estate employs biodynamic consultants to complement the commitment to sustainable farming. Certified Sustainable in the vineyard and winery through New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability Programme, Spy Valley is committed to looking after the land for generations to come.
Managing nine varieties of grapes takes a great deal of understanding of the land, the environment and climate to ensure each has the correct requirements fulfilled for successful growth.
Viticultural staff link closely with winemakers in ensuring the goals of wine style and quality are achieved year after year.