New Zealand’s first horse powered, organic vineyard

By Churton Wines

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New Zealand’s First Horse Powered, Organic Vineyard

Project 2021-09-16 12:38:00 +1200

Help our organic vineyard replace tractors with horsepower and reduce our carbon footprint.

 

 

 

What we want to do

Our plans are pretty massive. We’ve bought two draft horses, Xena and Gordon, who are going to do all the under-vine work once done by tractors. They’ll help keep emissions right down, keep the soils loose and tackle the weeds that stop vines flourishing. The grapes will be better, and so will the wine

 

This is another step for us in our work to be as sustainable and emission-free as possible. We’re certified organic and follow biodynamic principles, but relying on fossil fuels to work the vineyard didn’t seem right. We’re lucky to have Emma join the crew, and to find Gordon and Xena to take us to the next level. We found a plough at the Brayshaw Heritage Park in Blenheim and have modified it for undervine work.

 

The horses are being trained by Emma Rossignol, who moved to Churton from France in 2020. Emma is a specialist in training horses to work in vineyards and already has big plans for both Gordon and Xena.

 

The funds raised by this campaign will go towards the costs of the horses and ongoing training and equipment. This will help us be more enviromentally friendly, lowering our vineyard's emissions and water wastage.

Who we are

We’re a certified organic, family-run vineyard that has been producing beautiful wines for over 30 years. We're two brothers, Ben and Jack Weaver, who are building on the foundation started by our parents Sam and Mandy. We create biodynamic and organic wines in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough.

 

 

The vineyard

The Churton vineyard covers 22 hectares. It is planted according to the rise and fall of our undulating landscape up in the hills looking down on the Waihopai Valley. The 17 vineyard blocks cover a north-east facing hillside, enjoying the gentle rays of the morning sun and avoiding the harsh afternoon rays. This allows our vines to ease their grapes to the finish line, creating wines of greater complexity and refinement.

While the sun can be strong in summer, Marlborough is a cool climate for grape growing and frost can be issue. Lucky for us, the eastern boundary of the vineyard falls steeply away to the Omaka river, 50 metres below, allowing frosts to literally fall off the cliff.

 

 

The wines

Our parents, Sam and Mandy Weaver, developed the Churton vineyard and produced traditional pinot noir, viognier and sauvignon blanc and a beautiful rare petit manseng. We launched Natural State three years ago and make a tasty field blend, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir that are both fresh and vibrant. Our wines sell all over the world and regularly receive outstanding reviews.

 

Join the herd

We hope you can join us on this incredible journey to make wine in a way that cares for our enviroment.

We're pleased to offer great rewards as thank yous to everyone who supports this campaign.

All wines offered as rewards are from our private vintage cellar and are not available in market.

Thanks for all your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delivery

Delivery on all rewards is included for all New Zealand locations. If you are wishing to pledge outside of New Zealand there will be a delivery charge for all rewards you wish to recieve. Alternatively its a great way to buy a present for any friends or family you may have living here in New Zealand. Here is a rough estimate on shipping to areas we currently ship to. 

Australia $115

United States $200

United Kingdom $250

Asia $300

 

 

 

 

Please note, all rewards including wine are for +18 only.

Comments

Updates 1

Thanks for joining us on our journey!

10/11/2021 at 8:28 AM

 

Kia ora horsepower people.

Thank you all for pledging so far, we really appreciate your support. Welcome to the herd. 

We are just over 15% raised with over 50 pledgers, only 23 days to go. It's now time to get the word out there, share our progress with your family and friends and of course any wine lovers you know.

Heres whats been happening behind the scenes.

Xena and Gordon 

Over the past few weeks, we’ve made some big strides forward, well Gordon and Xena have. They have been gaining confidence in the vineyard and working in narrow rows and have started doing some basic soil work.  The use of our cultivating tynes is the easiest to teach. Pulling these for even half an hour a day has started to build both the horses’ stamina and their muscular strength. Over the past week we’ve introduced them to ploughing under vine. This is a work in progress!  The horses have to learn not only the right speed to pull at but also the position in the row where they need to walk as well as stop and start as required. They are pretty good and understand a mixture of French and English words. Allez les Chevaux 

 

 

 

In the Media

This week we got on the front page of the Marlborough express showing the region our exciting journey to become New Zealands first zero emission vineyard, have a read here.

Keep an eye on TV1 news this Saturday the 13th at 6pm; Gordon, Sam and Emma will be showing the nation what it takes to care for our soils. Watch live here this weekend.

Tune in to RNZ this Friday 12th at 9.30am to hear Sam chat about Xena and Gordon and the benefits they bring to the soils, farm, vineyard, wine and of course our environment. listen here.

 

Thanks again everyone for your support and don't forget to share our story. 

The Churton Team

 

 

    Pledgers 68

    Julia jones
    2021-11-02 17:06:54 +1300

    "Love this! "

    Paul Tudor
    2021-11-02 11:03:24 +1300

    "FANTASTIC INITIATIVE! a game change"

    Mike Gibb
    2021-10-30 13:00:35 +1300

    "Love your work!"

    Julie Taylor
    2021-10-30 12:11:44 +1300

    "LOVE IT!! 🥰 Such a great idea. All the best with the training of your “horse power” . 🐴🍇🍷❤️"

    Chris Morrison
    2021-10-28 14:30:17 +1300

    "Love your work !"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-10-27 16:35:23 +1300
    Rory
    2021-10-25 10:07:43 +1300
    Nozomi Okazaki
    2021-10-24 20:01:34 +1300

    "Hi! Jack! I like horses!! From Nozomi"

    Amanda Nally
    2021-10-22 11:44:33 +1300
    krystyna marcjoniak
    2021-10-21 18:50:30 +1300

    "This is a wonderful project, much better for the environment, I wish you good fortune!"

    Richard McIntosh
    2021-10-21 10:59:56 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-10-21 09:44:44 +1300

    "Delighted you're taking up this method of farming, can't wait to see your horses at work. I'll be down with friends February 19, 2022."

    Kathryn Huggett
    2021-10-21 06:27:50 +1300

    "Wonderful idea! Good luck with your fundraising!"

    jono
    2021-10-20 22:15:16 +1300
    William Crosse
    2021-10-20 20:35:55 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-10-20 19:02:12 +1300

    "Supporting this in memory of my Dad who used to work with horses on the farm."

    Julie Mariuzzo
    2021-10-20 14:09:32 +1300
    Adrian Parker
    2021-10-20 10:48:49 +1300
    Peter Davis
    2021-10-19 14:39:32 +1300

    "Happy to help these folk achieve their vision - a vision (or perhaps more a dream) I share for our own property sometime"

    Holly Girven Russell
    2021-10-19 09:21:51 +1300

    "Giddyup!"

    Guy Sutherland
    2021-10-18 20:22:47 +1300

    "Giddy -up Churton"

    Nadine Martin
    2021-10-18 19:59:42 +1300
    Jeroen
    2021-10-18 19:03:05 +1300
    Stephen Buckland
    2021-10-18 16:30:49 +1300
    Goodwine
    2021-10-18 14:44:51 +1300

    "Go Weavers! Great project."

    John
    2021-10-18 11:23:19 +1300
    Klee
    2021-10-18 09:06:07 +1300

    "Good luck Jack!"

    Werner and Raquel
    2021-10-17 22:29:28 +1300

    "Great initiative & Best of Luck!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-10-17 16:48:33 +1300
    John and Gilly
    2021-10-17 14:47:17 +1300

    "Good luck! Looking towards a visit soon!"

    Followers 4

    Followers of New Zealand’s first horse powered, organic vineyard

    New Zealand’s First Horse Powered, Organic Vineyard

    Project 2021-09-16 12:38:00 +1200

    Help our organic vineyard replace tractors with horsepower and reduce our carbon footprint.

     

     

     

    What we want to do

    Our plans are pretty massive. We’ve bought two draft horses, Xena and Gordon, who are going to do all the under-vine work once done by tractors. They’ll help keep emissions right down, keep the soils loose and tackle the weeds that stop vines flourishing. The grapes will be better, and so will the wine

     

    This is another step for us in our work to be as sustainable and emission-free as possible. We’re certified organic and follow biodynamic principles, but relying on fossil fuels to work the vineyard didn’t seem right. We’re lucky to have Emma join the crew, and to find Gordon and Xena to take us to the next level. We found a plough at the Brayshaw Heritage Park in Blenheim and have modified it for undervine work.

     

    The horses are being trained by Emma Rossignol, who moved to Churton from France in 2020. Emma is a specialist in training horses to work in vineyards and already has big plans for both Gordon and Xena.

     

    The funds raised by this campaign will go towards the costs of the horses and ongoing training and equipment. This will help us be more enviromentally friendly, lowering our vineyard's emissions and water wastage.

    Who we are

    We’re a certified organic, family-run vineyard that has been producing beautiful wines for over 30 years. We're two brothers, Ben and Jack Weaver, who are building on the foundation started by our parents Sam and Mandy. We create biodynamic and organic wines in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough.

     

     

    The vineyard

    The Churton vineyard covers 22 hectares. It is planted according to the rise and fall of our undulating landscape up in the hills looking down on the Waihopai Valley. The 17 vineyard blocks cover a north-east facing hillside, enjoying the gentle rays of the morning sun and avoiding the harsh afternoon rays. This allows our vines to ease their grapes to the finish line, creating wines of greater complexity and refinement.

    While the sun can be strong in summer, Marlborough is a cool climate for grape growing and frost can be issue. Lucky for us, the eastern boundary of the vineyard falls steeply away to the Omaka river, 50 metres below, allowing frosts to literally fall off the cliff.

     

     

    The wines

    Our parents, Sam and Mandy Weaver, developed the Churton vineyard and produced traditional pinot noir, viognier and sauvignon blanc and a beautiful rare petit manseng. We launched Natural State three years ago and make a tasty field blend, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir that are both fresh and vibrant. Our wines sell all over the world and regularly receive outstanding reviews.

     

    Join the herd

    We hope you can join us on this incredible journey to make wine in a way that cares for our enviroment.

    We're pleased to offer great rewards as thank yous to everyone who supports this campaign.

    All wines offered as rewards are from our private vintage cellar and are not available in market.

    Thanks for all your support.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Delivery

    Delivery on all rewards is included for all New Zealand locations. If you are wishing to pledge outside of New Zealand there will be a delivery charge for all rewards you wish to recieve. Alternatively its a great way to buy a present for any friends or family you may have living here in New Zealand. Here is a rough estimate on shipping to areas we currently ship to. 

    Australia $115

    United States $200

    United Kingdom $250

    Asia $300

     

     

     

     

    Please note, all rewards including wine are for +18 only.

    Comments

    Thanks for joining us on our journey!

    10/11/2021 at 8:28 AM

     

    Kia ora horsepower people.

    Thank you all for pledging so far, we really appreciate your support. Welcome to the herd. 

    We are just over 15% raised with over 50 pledgers, only 23 days to go. It's now time to get the word out there, share our progress with your family and friends and of course any wine lovers you know.

    Heres whats been happening behind the scenes.

    Xena and Gordon 

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve made some big strides forward, well Gordon and Xena have. They have been gaining confidence in the vineyard and working in narrow rows and have started doing some basic soil work.  The use of our cultivating tynes is the easiest to teach. Pulling these for even half an hour a day has started to build both the horses’ stamina and their muscular strength. Over the past week we’ve introduced them to ploughing under vine. This is a work in progress!  The horses have to learn not only the right speed to pull at but also the position in the row where they need to walk as well as stop and start as required. They are pretty good and understand a mixture of French and English words. Allez les Chevaux 

     

     

     

    In the Media

    This week we got on the front page of the Marlborough express showing the region our exciting journey to become New Zealands first zero emission vineyard, have a read here.

    Keep an eye on TV1 news this Saturday the 13th at 6pm; Gordon, Sam and Emma will be showing the nation what it takes to care for our soils. Watch live here this weekend.

    Tune in to RNZ this Friday 12th at 9.30am to hear Sam chat about Xena and Gordon and the benefits they bring to the soils, farm, vineyard, wine and of course our environment. listen here.

     

    Thanks again everyone for your support and don't forget to share our story. 

    The Churton Team

     

     

      Julia jones
      2021-11-02 17:06:54 +1300

      "Love this! "

      Paul Tudor
      2021-11-02 11:03:24 +1300

      "FANTASTIC INITIATIVE! a game change"

      Mike Gibb
      2021-10-30 13:00:35 +1300

      "Love your work!"

      Julie Taylor
      2021-10-30 12:11:44 +1300

      "LOVE IT!! 🥰 Such a great idea. All the best with the training of your “horse power” . 🐴🍇🍷❤️"

      Chris Morrison
      2021-10-28 14:30:17 +1300

      "Love your work !"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-10-27 16:35:23 +1300
      Rory
      2021-10-25 10:07:43 +1300
      Nozomi Okazaki
      2021-10-24 20:01:34 +1300

      "Hi! Jack! I like horses!! From Nozomi"

      Amanda Nally
      2021-10-22 11:44:33 +1300
      krystyna marcjoniak
      2021-10-21 18:50:30 +1300

      "This is a wonderful project, much better for the environment, I wish you good fortune!"

      Richard McIntosh
      2021-10-21 10:59:56 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-10-21 09:44:44 +1300

      "Delighted you're taking up this method of farming, can't wait to see your horses at work. I'll be down with friends February 19, 2022."

      Kathryn Huggett
      2021-10-21 06:27:50 +1300

      "Wonderful idea! Good luck with your fundraising!"

      jono
      2021-10-20 22:15:16 +1300
      William Crosse
      2021-10-20 20:35:55 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-10-20 19:02:12 +1300

      "Supporting this in memory of my Dad who used to work with horses on the farm."

      Julie Mariuzzo
      2021-10-20 14:09:32 +1300
      Adrian Parker
      2021-10-20 10:48:49 +1300
      Peter Davis
      2021-10-19 14:39:32 +1300

      "Happy to help these folk achieve their vision - a vision (or perhaps more a dream) I share for our own property sometime"

      Holly Girven Russell
      2021-10-19 09:21:51 +1300

      "Giddyup!"

      Guy Sutherland
      2021-10-18 20:22:47 +1300

      "Giddy -up Churton"

      Nadine Martin
      2021-10-18 19:59:42 +1300
      Jeroen
      2021-10-18 19:03:05 +1300
      Stephen Buckland
      2021-10-18 16:30:49 +1300
      Goodwine
      2021-10-18 14:44:51 +1300

      "Go Weavers! Great project."

      John
      2021-10-18 11:23:19 +1300
      Klee
      2021-10-18 09:06:07 +1300

      "Good luck Jack!"

      Werner and Raquel
      2021-10-17 22:29:28 +1300

      "Great initiative & Best of Luck!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-10-17 16:48:33 +1300
      John and Gilly
      2021-10-17 14:47:17 +1300

      "Good luck! Looking towards a visit soon!"

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