Fossil Ridge is a family owned and managed vineyard offering affordable award winning boutique wines.
We are situated in Nelson at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
Fax: 643 544 9463
- Affordable award winning boutique wines.
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Practices & Techniques
Crop volumes are carefully managed with a view to ensuring optimal ripening and flavour intensity – 2 ton/acre Pinot Noir, 3 ton/acre Chardonnay and there are no shortcuts to achieving what is deemed desirable. Grapes are sourced only from the Fossil Ridge Vineyard, are all hand picked sorted and the Chardonnay and Riesling whole bunch pressed.
Estate Vineyards / AVA
The site itself provides a north facing, sloping soil profile, predominantly clay loam and has been extensively landscaped to enhance grape growing capability and appeal.Nelson New Zealand nz Development has continued over the intervening period with the initial planting of clone 15 Chardonnay and Riesling subsequently Pinot Noir, more recently Mendoza Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer very much a boutique operation.
The vineyard site takes its name from a feature unique to its geological development with the presence of Monotis richmondiana fossils. These molluscs existed during the late Triassic and Jurassic (dinosaur) era – some 200 million years ago – and can be found liberally throughout the vineyard site.