Bentwood vineyard is couched in a western valley of Banks Peninsula in Canterbury New Zealand. It has a favourable microclimate that benefits viticulture. It shares the general climatic characteristics of the Canterbury winegrowing region but excels at the ones that make truly fine wine. The valley enjoys the best of everything a vineyard should have: clean soils, clean water, clean sunlight and clean air.
Bentwood Wines was established by the Watson family in 1992 after they had spent a year in Bordeaux to experience life around grape growing and wine making. They came back to Canterbury not to transplant or mimic European or other New Zealand regions, but rather to adapt their new found knowledge in ways that benefit the unique attributes of the north facing Banks Peninsula slopes.
Wine maker Grant Whelan of Kaituna Valley has been responsible for making some truly remarkable award winning wines over the past decade, with plenty more to come!