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Easthope Family Winegrowers is the ultra-premium brainchild of World Class winemaker Rod Easthope. The ex Craggy Range winemaker and viticulturalist is making wines that are the epitome of diligence and flavour. Rod Easthope uses concrete eggs to mature wine without altering the inherent nature of the fruit.

“Easthope Winegrowers is the outlet for our winemaking idealism. Our wines are from specific sites and we feel that it is important that there is a “sensory thread” that links the glass of wine back to its source. That thread will manifest as idiosyncrasies of aroma and taste that not only please but also give the taster pause for thought. Key to this is our relationship with our growers. These growers allow us to impose our standard of viticulture to produce grapes that just have to become good wines. This vineyard based effort ensures a hands-off, natural approach in the cellar where time is the key element.” – Rod Easthope. 

Located in the Hawke’s Bay, the Easthope Family Winegrower wines are Perched above the Ngaruroro River in the Mangatahi district of Hawke’s Bay. Their philosophy is that the land is the foundation for their young family to grow and is the essence of their wines.

You could go big and start by trying Easthope’s Paddock Six Syrah. A 100% Syrah made from vines only touched by the winemaker and his family. Paddock Six wines are only produced in the years where growing conditions are most favourable. The first vintage being produced in 2020. This intimacy with the vineyard means that differences between individual vines are noted. It’s an innate intuition that these particular vines produce grapes that just look, feel, and most importantly, taste right. You could call it their in-house Grand Cru classification.

Read more about the family here or Visit Easthope Family Winegrowers’ website here