Kevin Judd is one of Marlborough’s pioneer winemakers, his career is intrinsically linked with the global profile of New Zealand wine. He was the founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay – the winery that put New Zealand on the wine map. After overseeing 25 vintages he left and started his own winery, Greywacke, to fulfil a long held dream.
Greywacke is named after New Zealand’s bedrock – rounded river stones that are prevalent in the soils around Rapaura, Marlborough. These stones absorb heat and radiate it throughout the night.
This quality focused winemaking venture sources fruit from mature vineyards within the central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. These prime viticultural sites are cultivated using yield restricting vineyard management techniques and intense canopy management regimes. A number of the vineyards are owned by the Sutherland family, while complementary grape parcels are acquired from additional select sites, all located within these sub-regions.
The wines are made by Kevin at Dog Point Winery in the lower Brancott Valley, a facility extended to him by long-standing friends and industry colleagues, Ivan Sutherland and James Healy.
You can find out more about Greywacke and their wines here.
Kevin is a fabulous photographer as well – you can view his photography here.